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Tweet   Last year, I decided to do a “Pintrest Christmas”. My son was still very small and napping a lot so it was a great way to spend some quality time with my daughter. We made enough of these dish towels (ok, so technically they’re linen napkins because I couldn’t find towels, but you get the point) to give 2 or 3 to every family member. It was NOT a task completed in one day or even one week. We just tried to utilize every free moment we had and lil Imp didn’t...

Tweet Hijacked Housekeeping   I am a total sucker for the latest and greatest cleaning gadgets. I’ve wasted a lot of money trying each trend and learned 3 things: 1) most of the “As Seen on TV” gadgets are CRAP 2) You get what you pay for 3) and there is no such thing as a house that cleans itself. That said, here is a short list of the items I count on to keep my sanity, er…um, I mean my house clean. Dyson DC35 Digital Slim The Dyson DC35 Digital Slim vacuum cleaner...

Tweet Over the next few weeks, I’m going to do a bit of “show and tell”.  I’ll be sharing some of my favorite gadgets that make my adaptive life and motherhood a little easier. I’ll also provide you with links to do a little shopping for yourself. Who doesn’t love shopping, right? Let’s begin in the kitchen…Like most of you, I tend to go on autopilot in the kitchen juggling food prep, food fights, and “I don’t like this”. Any device...

Tweet National AMBUCS, Inc. is a national charitable service organization whose goal is to create mobility and independence for people with disabilities. The AMBUCS mission is fulfilled by members of local chapters who: Perform Community Service Provide AmTryke therapeutic tricycles to people with disabilities, and Provide scholarships to therapists For many, AMBUCS is a fun way to serve in their community. This is my AMBUCS story: I loved riding my bike as a kid. I went everywhere. I rode to...

Tweet 20 years ago today 20 years ago today, I was in Fort Walton 20 years ago today, I awoke right-handed 20 years ago today, I sliced the bread with ease 20 years ago today, I won at gin rummy 20 years ago today, my head began to ache 20 years ago today, they cut my favorite shorts 20 years ago today, they shaved my lovely hair 20 years ago today, I lost a lot of blood 20 years ago today, my mom flew to be there 20 years ago today, my dad feared a goodbye 20 years ago today, the doc tried one...

Tweet Happy Independence Day! Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty. ~Louis D. Brandeis As we celebrate this Independence Day, I’d like to honor the men and women who have fought for and continue to defend and protect our freedoms. This week’s post is dedicated to an organization that serves our wounded warriors. Ruckabye Baby – Helping wounded warriors carry on Freedom is the oxygen of the soul. ~Moshe...

Tweet The Baby K’tan Baby Carrier is a soft hybrid carrier that offers the ideal blend of a sling and wrap. Its innovative double-loop design allows mom or dad to wear baby in multiple positions, without any complicated wrapping or buckling! It is lightweight and compact, yet ergonomically designed to distribute baby’s weight across both shoulders. Retail value: $49.95. www.babyktan.com a Rafflecopter giveaway As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, it’s difficult for me to carry my...

Tweet For me, baby wearing is the equivalent of carrying my child. Secondary to my disability, I am unable to carry my kids “the old fashioned way” for any length of time simply because I need my only functional arm and hand for things like opening doors, getting a drink, picking a wedgie, wiping noses, and well, you get the point. Strength, balance, and endurance are also issues since I am only able to carry my kids on my left hip. I’ve tried many different carriers with my kiddos over the...

Tweet With our 1st child I spent hours in the kitchen each week preparing, cooking, and pureeing baby food, then freezing it in ice cube trays or small plastic containers. It was exhausting, messy, and required a lot of cleanup. On occasion, we splurged and purchased baby food pouches. These things were a godsend! No jars or bowls to scrape or wash. Just squeeze straight into the spoon…or baby. No fuss, no muss, but at $1.50 a pop they were a luxury. By the time baby #2 was ready to try solids,...