28 February 2017

What's in My Autism Therapy Bag?

My son has therapy three times a week, so I had to come up with a system that could travel well and work for home storage.  I wanted something that was big enough to hold everything, sturdy enough to take to appointments, and not too large.  Take a peek what's in our therapy bag right now and a few things that are on rotation that we sometimes bring with us.  I'm planning on posting more about the printables that his therapists and I have made, so keep watching for those posts.



27 February 2017

Beauty and the Beast Makeup and Beauty Inspiration

Who else is excited for the new Beauty and the Beast movie?  I can not wait to see the live version next month!  I got the Disney animated movie when I was a kid, and I'm surprised I didn't wear out my VHS tape.  I watched it so much, I had every line memorized.  I didn't have any Beauty and the Beast toys when I was growing up, so now I'll splurge and get some new toys to play with: makeup.  I absolutely love the Gelish & Morgan Taylor nail polishes.  I'm not sure I can pick just one though.  I might need to buy all of them for the premier.  If you love this timeless classic, then you'll love these Beauty and the Beast makeup and beauty picks.
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Beauty and the Beast Makeup and Beauty Inspiration


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Gelish & Morgan Taylor Beauty And The Beast Duo The Last Petal


Gelish & Morgan Taylor Beauty And The Beast Duo Gaston And On And On



Girls Embossed Vintage Make-Up Hand Table Mirror Hand Held Makeup Mirror Princess Style Ideal Gift


Gelish & Morgan Taylor Beauty And The Beast Duo Be Our Guest


Gelish & Morgan Taylor Beauty And The Beast Duo Plumette With Excitement


Disney Store Art of Belle Compact Mirror ~ Beauty and the Beast


Gelish & Morgan Taylor Beauty And The Beast Duo Potts Of Tea


Disney Disney Beauty and the Beast Nail Art Decals. Clear Waterslide Nail Decals Tattoo Set of 60 by One Stop Nails 


Beauty and the Beast Dual Glass Compact Mirror Antique Golden Finish, Brushed Metal Casing Sculptured Floral filagree lid


Disney Little Mermaid, Snow White, Alice in Wonderland, Lilo & Stitch, Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan, Frozen, Mickey & Minnie, Villains Zipper Pouch 8inch x 4inch Beauty and the Beast


Happy Hours - 9 Colors Bling Diamond Makeup Eye Shadow Sparkling Set Makeup Tools Super Flash Glitter Eyeshadow Concealer Palette with Brush and Mirror#4


MyFav 8 Sheets Fashion Body Stickers Arm Shoulder Make Up For Man Women Temporary Tattoo - Buddha, Elephant, Eagle eye, Fish, Beauty and the Beast Etc.


Belle Beauty And Beast Cosmetic Makeup Bag


NYX Round Lipstick Thalia LSS529 + Slim Lip Liner Mauve SPL810 SET



Disney Disney Beauty and the Beast Nail Art Decals. Clear Waterslide Nail Decals Tattoo Set of 60 by One Stop Nails BOB-002-52


Disney Beauty and The Beast Perfume Princess Belle Eau de Toilette Spray for Women, 3.3 Ounce


Beauty and the Beast Cosmetic Set with Water Based Nail Polish


Beauty and The Beast Image Rectangle Custom Metal Pill Box Organizer vitamin box - HillSong


MILANI Baked Blush 1  BELLA ROSA


Black Beauty And The Beast Unisex Lunch Carry Bag For Woman Man Kid


Gelish & Morgan Taylor Beauty And The Beast Duo Days In The Sun


Which is your favorite Beauty and the Beast makeup?

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23 February 2017

Debunking Cold Sore Myths


If you've ever had a cold sore, you know that tingle.  That little itchy feeling you get along your lip that can only mean one thing: 10 days of pain and embarrassment.  Don't wait until you get a full-blown cold sore to start treatment.  For the fastest relief, start treatment at the very first tingle to shorten the duration.

I used to get so embarrassed when I would get a cold sore. I felt like everyone was staring at my lip and didn't see me. In reality, they probably didn't even notice it. If they did, they've probably had one themselves. It's important to stay confident while you have a cold sore, and it's important to treat it properly. Let's talk today about debunking cold sore myths.

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20 February 2017

I Never Quit

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Refreshinq Co.. All opinions are 100% mine.

I never quit.  Sometimes I think about all that I do in a week and wonder how I get it done.  I joke that I can never, ever get sick because I am responsible for so many things and so many people.  Two months ago, I got pneumonia and got very sick.  I am normally on the go every day, and I was stuck in bed for two weeks.  When the symptoms were finally gone, I was still exhausted.  Five weeks after getting sick, I still couldn't make it through a day without needing to rest.  My daily rest time was coming a little bit later each day, but I couldn't keep living at that slower pace.  I simply have too much to do in a day and too many people counting on me.  I knew I needed some help to get my energy levels back up, so I started using the Energy Support Patch from Refreshinq.  Finally!  I felt almost normal again.



My family is big in martial arts.  Two of my kids are currently in karate and ju jitsu, and my oldest took tae kwon do for a while.  My husband has earned his black belt in a few different styles of martial arts, and I took tae kwon do with my oldest son.

I found out there was a taiho-jitsu class being offered at our local community center.  My friend and I really wanted to take it, but I knew there was no way I could handle the class until I got some energy.  It took some persuading from my friend, but I signed up and hoped that I was feeling better.

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I had been slacking on taking my vitamins and drinking enough water each day.  I like the Energy Support Patch from Refreshinq because it's easy to use, easy to remember, and works well.  There are 30 patches in a box, and you just put one on your clean skin and take it off in the evening.  You can put it on your upper arm, forearm, or wrist, rotating where you put it each day.


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Taiho-Jitsu Class 




I'm glad I signed up for the class because the patches helped me get more energy as I continued to improve from being sick.  It was a great class, and I learned a lot.  Taiho-jitsu means "arresting art".  Cops take the class, but it's also useful as self-defense for civilians.



Even though the class was centered on self-defense, taiho-jitsu has roots in karate and ju-jitsu, both of which are fairly athletic.  I've been practicing my kicks and punches because it's good exercise too.



Who knows?  Maybe I'll join the kids in their karate class to keep working on some of the things I learned in the class now that I have more energy.

What will you never quit?

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17 February 2017

Digestive Health for Kids

This post was sponsored by Align as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

As an autism mom, I have to be proactive.  I have to anticipate things that can put stress on him, because that stress manifests as behavior.  When we are doing school work, I have to be prepared and have the day's lessons ready so I can work on predicting potential problems.  We follow a sensory diet during our homeschool time, which helps prevent negative behavior before it starts.  When we go somewhere, I have to be prepared with activities and therapy items to help him stay calm if there's a long wait or other unexpected surprise that happens.

Another way that I'm proactive is by giving him probiotics every day to help his little body with digestive support.  Digestive problems are fairly common in kids on the spectrum, so I've been giving him probiotics for a few years now with great success.  Since I take Align myself, I give him Align Jr.  We like Align Jr. because they are chewable, which is easier for him than swallowing a pill.  Right now, you can print a $5 coupon for Align Jr. for your kids to try it.

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Digestive Health for Kids


Stress is a natural part of being an adult, whether it's good stress or bad stress.  We don't think of stress being a problem for kids, but it is.  Changes in your child's diet or routine can cause stress, even if they are good changes.  Even having a busy morning getting ready for school can be stressful.  I thought our busy mornings would be gone when we started homeschooling, but they aren't.  Mornings are just tough.

Since my son has autism, even small disruptions in his daily schedule can cause a lot of stress.  We have a routine that we follow, but sometimes life just happens.  I try my best to keep to a routine, but I can't control everything unfortunately.

All of the stressors that happen each day can cause a disruption in a child's digestive health.  That's where Align Jr. helps me be proactive so we can help him keep his digestive system healthy.*






Align Jr. comes from the makers of Align, which is the #1 Doctor and Gastroenterologist-recommended probiotic brand‡.  Align Jr. comes in chewables for kids ages 6 to 12.  And it doesn't have artificial colors, so it's safe for my son to take.

ǂ Among gastroenterologists and doctors who recommended a brand of probiotic in an AlphaImpactRx 2016 Survey.

Being an autism mom isn't easy, but at least now I have one less thing to worry about.

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