Friday, April 27, 2012

My Daughter Growing with Autism (Her Youtube Video Link)

Of course it's Autism Awareness month and I have to make a post about our lives inside the world of Autism. You can get cool Autism Awareness stuff here!  

Let me say that for the past two weeks...totally slacking on my workouts...I was so sick and then I began accomplishing tons of stuff and one day turned into two worries, I'm jumping back into my flow.

It is still freezing damn cold here on the East Coast...but I'm craving fruit and crunch salads. I'll be making lots of salads and dressings from scratch when the farmer's market opens in a few weeks (please goddess let it warm up by then!)

Here a couple of posts where I talked a bit about Autism:  Autism in 2008 and Autism in 2011.

Kennedy continues to defy the odds, but her daily life can easily be a struggle. She is working so hard on her social interactions with her peers. Kids are so exposed these days and it can be hard for Kennedy to keep up, but boy oh boy does she try. She works with a Speech/Language specialists once a week to "act out", "read stories", and "map out" ways of dealing with social situations that come so easily to other kiddos.

As I am watching her finally settle into her personality, I am reminded of how far she has come and how much she works to be here in this world and present with us. 

She now has her own blog and youtube channel!!! OMG. I am so proud of her. I was super hesitant about putting it up here, but she wants the world to see her and leave her comments. So if you would please check her out and leave a sweet note, it would mean the world to her! She has dreams of going to Hollywood and singing in front of people ("even homeless people mom, I can sing for them in Hollywood") lol

Kay's Blog

Kay's Youtube Channel

My job as her mom is to support her and help to facilitate her growth. I could not be more excited about the bond that she and I share.
I hope that everyone learns about Autism...our kiddos need compassion and understanding.

I'm off to volunteer at the library (book drive) and then hang my clothes to dry! See ya soon :)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Frugal Living and 25 Handmade Gifts Under $5

I love StumbleUpon. If you don't know what that is or haven't checked it me and Click HERE. Anyway, today I stumbled upon this super cool site. Her name is Desiree' (so French New Orleans) and the site is mega cool. I don't spend much time on this blog talking about my deep authentic desire to be frugal minded, conscious, and am dedicated to sustainable living.

This means not frivolously spending/wasting money...consuming unnecessary items and NOT contributing to global sprawl and over-consumption that leads to cluttered landfills, etc. (you get the point rite?) Anyway, this cute post is all about gifts under $5 that are simple and easy to make! I love it. It's Summer time almost and that means parties, birthdays, traveling, gifts for hosts/hostesses...

I love the Printed Candle and of course the Spa Scrubbie and Tropical Bath Tea Soak! Whatdya think?

Here is a link to the post 25 Handmade Gifts Under $5  

If your gift list is long and your budget is small here are some great Gifts that you can make.
Keep in mind that handmade items are not just beautiful but special…
I love to give them and I love to receive them. In my opinion they are the best!

Jersey Knit Bracelet
This would make a perfect gift for any of your girlfriends.
You can choose the colors and recycle t-shirts that you have around the house.
Cheap and cute!

Paper Clip Earrings
This is a brilliant idea… and the possibilities are endless.
Love it!

Printed Candles
Who doesn’t love a candle?
Think about how many different stamps you could use to customize this project.

 Hot Chocolate Art!
What a great gift for neighbors and teachers…
I am personally a hot chocolate lover so this would make a great gift for me ;)

Tile Coaster
You can buy these plain tiles at Home Depot for under a dollar.
I’ve seen them with family pictures also… Way cute!

Bow Belt
I was amazed how easy this tutorial was.
I want to make this bow belt in every color possible for my girls…
So Pretty!

Paper Plate Clock
I thought this would make a great gift for teachers and the children can actually make them.
Fast, easy and useful!

Mason Jar Sewing Kit
We all have a sister, grandma, mom or friend that loves to sew…
You can purchase the sewing kits at the Dollar Store… and oh my goodness can I say ADORABLE?
DIY: Mason Jar Sewing Kit

Sugar Cubes
I featured these sweeties a while ago.
You can make a ton of them for few bucks and give them in a cute little bag
I don’t know… the gift card could say: “Have a sweet ___________”
{Christmas, Birthday, Anniversary}
{DIY sugar cubes}

Party Mix
 This would make such a fun and delicious gift…
Those Santa hats are killing me!

Bird Nest Necklaces
Ooh Cuteness!
Am I the only one that is in love with these beauties?
Give me one!

Spa Scrubbie and Tropical Bath Tea Soak
Do I need to say anything else?

Bread in a Bottle
I love bread… and I can see that this one will look, smell and taste delicious!

Badge or Key Holder
I actually made this one for my kid’s teachers last year but I think it would be a perfect gift also for coworkers.
I still use mine everyday to hold my keys.

Tea Cup Lights
Thrift Stores have a huge collection of vintage and antique tea cups.
What a nice sweet gift these little candles would make.

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Fabric Scrap Keychain
Honestly I am upset that I didn’t think about this!
LUV them! 

Believe Washer Necklaces
…But I did think about these.
You can customize them with names, dates, words, even colors…
Easy to make!

Lovely Wax Lumieres
Shut the front door!
I am giving this one to myself.

Reversible Cup Sleeves
Everyone should have a bunch of these cuties in their cars.

Do I want a bunch of them?
Yes… yes… YES!

COOKIES… are always a perfect gift!
Cowgirl Cookies

Beautiful Bookmarks
Wait… I think I am in love!
Do you know how many single earrings I have?
during the years I have lost dozen of earrings now I know why I kept the other ones.
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Baking Kit
Give away all those cute extra cupcake liners that you have collected.
Love mix match colors!
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…Money …money …money!
 OK we all have done it… you forgot someone’s birthday or the cousin that wasn’t coming just showed up!
Fold a bill… make it special and you are safe!
I know you love me ;)

Wrap It!
This idea is perhaps my very favorite.
Fill these gorgeous paper cones with candy,
popcorn, bath salts… whatever you can think of and you have a super cute gift.
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Hair Comb
I remember my mom having a ton of hair combs when I was little.
This is such a simple way to make them pop.
A set of them could make such a great little gift.

So before you go shopping this season make a list and check it twice…
You’ll be surprise how much you can make with so little…
As I always say …make it beYOUtiful … make it YOUnique … make it EXTRAORDINARY!


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