How to Use Harry Potter to Teach Children About Prejudice

I'm always on the hunt for finding creative ways to teach equality to the younger generation....

Ginger Beer Cocktail

In honor of the warmest season of the year, I present this incredibly delicious Ginger Beer...

How to Calm Anxiety in Kids with the Heart Trick

I hope our story helps enables you to calm anxiety in one way or another. My little boy is super...

How to Cope When Family Stops Calling

When family stops calling... something changes you. You find yourself frantically looking for ways...

Have Some Fall Fun with this Fall Bucket List for Families

It's finally Fall Y'all! Let's celebrate with a little fall fun by completing this fantastic fall...

Why AngelSense is the Best GPS Tracker for Kids

Keep your special needs kiddo safe with the best GPS tracker for kids. With real-time monitoring,...

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...

The Ultimate Dinosaur Dirt Bars Recipe

Dirt, dinos, delicious treats you can easily make (and devour!) is the perfect equation to a...

Hard Strawberry Lemonade Punch Cocktail Recipe

If you bottled up summer into a cocktail, it would be this hard strawberry lemonade punch cocktail...

Emoji Snack Mix Recipe

My kiddo loves everything emoji, so it was no surprise when this emoji snack mix became his new...

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Thistle Hill is written with an intention to create love and inclusion in this world. With so much tension, hate, and wrong information flying around us, it’s time to take a stand. This is the hill I choose to take a stand. 

 

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Reasons We Stopped ABA Preschool

My son started ABA preschool at a therapy center after recently receiving an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis. The diagnosing doctor recommended 40 hours of ABA therapy a week. My first thought was that's way TOO much! It takes a ton of energy and effort for an...

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Easy Kid’s Craft Recycled Bracelets

Check out this fun and easy kid's craft, recycled bracelets! With two simple supplies; Clean socks, tights, and/or leggings (preferably ones that are mismatched or worn out)  Scissors Recycled Bracelets Directions Cut the toe off of the sock Pick any width you'd like,...

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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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How to Make a Living as a Freelance Writer

How to Make a Living as a Freelance Writer You can make a living as a freelance writer by building your own business from the ground up, and do your own thing. Or you can start small and sign up for a few websites like People Per Hour and Copify to get your feet wet...

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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 Use Harry Potter to Teach Children About Prejudice

I'm always on the hunt for finding creative ways to teach equality to the younger generation. Below, I'm sharing how to use Harry Potter to teach...

$50 e-Gift Card Giveaway Hosted by Powered by Mom

$50 e-Gift Card Giveaway Sponsored by Powered by Mom Powered by Mom has a fantastic giveaway with a winning prize you won't want to miss out on!...

Ginger Beer Cocktail

In honor of the warmest season of the year, I present this incredibly delicious Ginger Beer Cocktail Recipe.  It's perfect for a BBQ because this...

Creative Ways to Use Peeps Like You Have Never Seen Before

There are some really creative ways to eat and use Peeps! For the past few weeks, I have been noticing that people are now using these sweet treats...

20+ Insane Fortnite Gift Ideas

Hands up for all the households who have been taken over by Fortnite! For all of those kids that want to get the W, check out these 20+ insane...

How to Calm Anxiety in Kids with the Heart Trick

I hope our story helps enables you to calm anxiety in one way or another. My little boy is super anxious and suffers from severe separation...

How to Cope When Family Stops Calling

When family stops calling... something changes you. You find yourself frantically looking for ways to cope.  It feels like your village starts to...

Have Some Fall Fun with this Fall Bucket List for Families

It's finally Fall Y'all! Let's celebrate with a little fall fun by completing this fantastic fall bucket list for families! If you haven't already...

Why AngelSense is the Best GPS Tracker for Kids

Keep your special needs kiddo safe with the best GPS tracker for kids. With real-time monitoring, the call in feature, and more there will be no...

Wicked Halloween Treats

I LOVE Halloween! From the falling leaves, cool nights, decorations, to the Halloween treats, it is a season that my entire family gets excited...

DIY Frankenstein Halloween Treat Baskets

Let's get the Halloween party started with these adorable DIY Frankenstein Halloween Treat Baskets! They are SUPER easy to make which makes them the...

20+ Ways to Make the First Day of School Special

It's time to start the school year off on the right foot with these 20+ ways to make the first day of school special.  Changing routines, starting a...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

I Can Only Imagine Ticket Giveaway

Thistle Hill is excited to announce a giveaway for two tickets to the upcoming movie, I Can Only Imagine. It just so happens to have a release date...

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...

Reasons We Stopped ABA Preschool

My son started ABA preschool at a therapy center after recently receiving an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis. The diagnosing doctor recommended...

Silly Monster Gift Ideas

Here are some of my boy's favorite silly monster stuff that I had to share with you! You can use these fun finds all year round, but it is also a...

Easy Kid’s Craft Recycled Bracelets

Check out this fun and easy kid's craft, recycled bracelets! With two simple supplies; Clean socks, tights, and/or leggings (preferably ones that...

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......

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...