Wednesday, October 28, 2009

My Crazy World!!

I figure I better let my readers know why I am a little behind with things.
My two year has an ASD as I have stated in a few posts. Well things are coming to a head and since this is still new his therapists and myself are trying different things to find something that will work.
So far he is in Speech and OT, we are also working with a dietician.
What started with him not talking and a few quirky behaviours, we now have a two year old who is starting to talk and has a ton of issues. I have cried a few times within the past week or so. I wish I could make him all better with just a kiss, but sadly I can't.
Right now we are using the brushing technique and the pressure technique on him and while it seems to be working in some ways, it also seems to be worsening other things. We limit our outings because he gets overstimulated way too fast.
The Dietician wants us to put him on probiotics for 1 month, then we will be going to a GFCF diet.
So with that, that is why i am behind on things, so I am making a list and will get the reviews up. I also have some giveaways coming, just a sneak peek: softlips, progresso package, Zoom Albums, to name a few.
Thank You for being patient.

Monday, October 26, 2009

and We Have A Winner!!!

The winner of the Lipo-Flavonoid
I used and put in the starting number of 1 and the ending number of 3, they choose 3 to be the winner.
Faerie Mom said...
I am a follower!

I have emailed the winner.

Maupin House Review and Giveaway!!

I had the wonderful opportunity to review two awesome books from Maupin House Publishing. I home school my two oldest children and I love that when given this opportunity, all I had to do was change up our day a little and the two books fit right in. It was great!!
I have had a little problem in the reading and writing department, the kids just were not into it. The two books, "Teaching Early Writing and Reading Together" and "Performance Literacy through Storytelling" were exactly what I needed.

"Teaching Early Writing and Reading Together" written up by Connie Campbell Dierking, takes mini-lessons and brings K-2 literacy instruction together. I loved that I found where each of my children are within the alphabetic principle, spelling, reading, and writing. This helps out tremendously, now I know which mini-lessons in the book will work best for each child. This book has taught me how to teach a writing/reading workshop and both the kids have their very own writing folder now. I have found that even though they are in two separate grades, they love working together as partners. I think this is the only time of the day that they actually get along. I am going to continue using this book as we move on through the school year.

Perfect Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Maupin House Publishing (October 18, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1934338109
ISBN-13: 978-1934338100
You can purchase this book here at Maupin House, Amazon, or Barnes and Noble

"Performance Literacy through Storytelling" is such a fun book. Yes I did say fun. This book written up by Nile Stanley and Brett Dillingham showed me how to use storytelling within our school day. To tell the truth even I had fun interacting with the kids. The book comes along with CD which has 18 stories and musical tracks on it. My kids love listening to the stories after we learn about them, too bad we are actually learning a lot more then just about the story. The book is also broken down into mini lessons, which are easy to follow. My kids most enjoyed the role-playing that is done within some of the lessons.

Paperback: 136 pages
Publisher: Maupin House Publishing (May 1, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1934338419
ISBN-13: 978-1934338414

You can buy this book from here from Maupin House, Amazon, or Barnes and Noble

Now for the giveaway!! The wonderful people at Maupin House have generously offered one of my readers the chance to win the book "Performance Literacy through Storytelling"

Mandatory: Head over to Maupin House and have a look around, come back and tell me the title of another book you find interesting.

Extra entries:
Become a follower of Maupin House on Twitter
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Become a follower of my blog or tell me if you are already a follower

This giveaway will end on November 9th at midnight.

Thank You to Maupin House for allowing me this opportunity to do these reviews.
I received the books to do my review, no other compensation was offered or accepted. All opinions are my own and may vary from someone else.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Quick Update

Hi Everyone!! I will be picking the winner of the first giveaway tomorrow morning, so you have until then to enter the Giveaway. Lipo-Flavonoid

I will be putting up a couple reviews and a giveaway tomorrow. I wanted to get them posted today but Confession Time: I play WoW and my account got hacked, so my husband and I have been dealing with that.

I am meeting with the Dietician tomorrow morning and after that meeting will be posting.

I hope everyone has a nice night!!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Need Some Giveaway love

I have 2 giveaways going on right now that could use some love.
One of them is for Lipo-Flavonoid which is for ringing in the ears.
Lipo-Flavonoid Ends 10/25
The second is for Cystex which is for UTIs
Cystex Ends 10/28

I know they are not the fun giveaways but those types are coming really soon.

Have a nice day!!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

My First Blog Award

This was a complete shock and I am so excited!! JoAnna from City Girl Gone Country gave me this award and I am very grateful. She is a fellow homeschooler and was raised just a state below where I grew up.

Here are the rules:
To accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and his/her blog link. Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you have recently discovered and think are great! Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

Here are my 15:
Reflections By Kathy
Crazy Adventures in Parenting
I Love My 5 Kids
3 Boys and a dog
Autism Felt Learning
Caring For Carleigh
Controlling My Chaos
Frugal Mom Knows Best
J Leigh Designz
Loving Heart Mommy
Oh Boy Oh Boy Oh Boy
The American Homemaker
The Gingham Grasshopper
We are That Family
Raising Normal Kids

Okay now to let some wonderful people know they have an award waiting.

Sports Guys Review

Sports Guys and Girls are sports action figures for kids imaginary play. They come in Football Guys, College Football, Baseball Guys, Hockey Guys, Soccer Girls and Soccer Guys.

When I first saw Sports Guys I didn't know what to expect. Kaskey Kids sent me a set of Baseball Guys to review. When the package came it was almost like Christmas morning with all the excitement. Right away my oldest son cleared the table off and started setting everything up. Each set comes with a piece of material that has all the lines to look just like the field, diamond, or rink that the sport is played on.

The action figures are great in detail. For the Baseball Guys, you have a Pitcher, Catcher, Batter, Runners, Infielders and Outfielders for both teams. You also have a referee and even a scoreboard. I love to see my children using their imaginations while they play. They even got my husband to play a complete game with them.

The best thing about Sports Guys is that they are affordable. You can buy Sports Guys at Kaskey Kids starting at $9.99 for the mini packs, $24.99 for the sets, and all the way up to $28.99 for the College Football Guys. Not only can you order the Sports Guys from the Kaskey Kids site, you can look through the list of store locations, there may be one close to you.

Are you ready to order; Kaskey Kids has offered a 10% discount for my readers, just enter the code GoGuys.

Thank You Kaskey Kids for allowing me to review such a wonderful product.

I was given the opportunity to review this product because of my membership at
The Product Review Place

I was sent a free product in order to do the review, no other compensation was offered or accepted.

Earth Baby Product Review

Upon opening the box, I was met with a wonderful aroma. I love the smell of natural products. You really don't need the added ingredients that are in so many products just to make them smell nice.

A little about Earth Baby, Organic Goodness from Mother Earth Products:
Certified Organic Ingredients
Pediatrician Recommended

Playful Sudzz baby bath Gel is natural fragrant, foamy fun!! Really it is, I used this product on my two youngest children. My 2 year old spent most of his bath sniffing, which was way too cute. After bath time he seemed relaxed and even slept really good at night. The same held true for my 6 mth old, without all the extra stuff in the product they did not go into sensory overdrive. As it states on the bottle, this product can also be used as a shampoo, so that is what I did. Their hair turned out clean and soft, along with being quite easy to comb through. The babies came out of the bath clean and ready to take on the next adventure.

I also used the Cuddle Soft Baby Lotion and have to agree with the name. Using the lotion made me want to hold the babies close so I could take in the lovely smell. Their skin was so soft, as were my hands from just applying the lotion. That is a bonus for mommy.

The other thing that I did with the Playful Sudzz Baby Bath Gel was to use it when I made up my wipes. I use paper towels and baby bath in making them, so I gave it a try. I loved it and have been making them using this product ever since. The boys have not had one rash since I started using the Earth Baby products.

These products are not just amazing but made with amazing ingredients.

Thank You to Earth Baby Organics for allowing me to review such amazing products.
I was given the opportunity to review this product because of my membership at
The Product Review Place.

I received the products for my review for free, no other compensation was offered or taken.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Mmmm Beef Enchiladas!

I just have to brag for a few moments. lol Okay I won't brag but I will share the recipe for dinner last night. I have been making enchiladas like this for about a year, but for some reason unknown to me last night they were so Yummy!!

1 pound of ground beef
1 cup of salsa (maybe more)
1 cup of shredded fiesta cheese
1 package of tortillas
1 can of enchilada sauce (I use red)
2-3 cups of shredded fiesta cheese
small can if sliced black olives
sour cream (optional)

Brown ground beef, drain
Add salsa to beef and mix
Add 1 cup of cheese and mix
Put 1/4 cup of meat mixture in a tortilla and roll
Place in a baking dish that has a little salsa on the bottom
Repeat until all mixture has been used
Pour Enchilada sauce to cover the batch
Use 2-3 cups of cheese and cover the batch
Add black olives on top of the cheese.

Bake in a preheated 350 degree over for 20 minutes or until cheese is bubbly

Serve with sour cream

For my family I make 2 batches at one time, 1 to eat and 1 to freeze.

Anyway I had to share this because we eat enchiladas at least once a month and they just keep getting yummier.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Cystex Review and Giveaway

UTIs otherwise known as Urinary track infections are very common yet very annoying. I personally have never had one, but my 6 year old daughter has had one and one of my very good friends gets them a couple times per month. So when I heard about this product I knew I just had to find out more.

Just the facts:
Know Your Bladder Better: Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) Facts
Elizabeth Kavaler, M.D., Board-Certified Urologist, Clears Up the UTI Myths to Clear Up the Infection
DATELINE – Did you know that urinary tract infections (UTIs) account for 8.3 million doctor visits each year? “UTIs are considered the second most common infection in the body,” says Elizabeth Kavaler, M.D., urologist and author of “A Seat on the Aisle, Please! The Essential Guide to Urinary Tract Problems in Women,” (Copernicus Books, 2006).
“Because these infections are so common, quite a few myths revolve around who gets a UTI and why these infections occur in certain women. Although I don’t know why they occur, there are a few things that we do know,” says Dr. Kavaler, who is one of less than 500 female urologists in the United States specializing in female urinary tract issues. “UTIs do not damage your kidneys or bladder, and you are not getting them from your partner or a toilet seat.”
“It’s also true that women get more UTIs than men, probably because females have a shorter urethra, which makes it easier for bacteria to reach the bladder. The problem is not what goes into the bladder, but what does not leave.” explains Dr. Kavaler. “If something is inhibiting urination, that’s when bacteria can be trapped inside the urinary tract and have a chance to cling to the walls, causing an infection, so proper flow is key.”
While some women may diagnose themselves, a UTI requires both confirmation with a doctor’s diagnosis (urinalysis and/or urine culture) and a course of antibiotics to clear it up. However, it may take several days to get in to see your physician, and for the antibiotics to kick in, so look for Cystex, the only over-the-counter urinary pain reliever available with a dual-action formula that not only eases the pain and burning caused by a UTI, but also contains an antibacterial to help stop the progression of bacterial growth.
To help women better understand UTIs and how they can be avoided and treated, Dr. Kavaler is taking part in the new Cystex “Know Your Bladder Better” video series where new video topics will be posted and available to download, post on blogs/Web sites or share.

Do you want to have a bottle of Cystex on hand to get you by until you can see your Doctor? The awesome people at Robin Leedy & Associates,Inc. have offered to give one of my readers some cystex of their very own.
Here is what you need to do to enter the giveaway: Please leave your email address with your comment so I can get in contact with you if you win. The giveaway will end October 28th at midnight.
Mandatory: Go over to and have a look around, then come back and tell me in a comment something that you learned.
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1. Become a follower of my blog or tell me if you already follow
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Thank You to Robin Leedy & Associates,Inc. for letting me do this review.

I was given the opportunity to review this product because of my membership at The Product Review Place

I was given information about this product, no other compensation was offered or taken.

Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil; Have you heard about it or maybe you have possibly used it in the past. I for one had never even heard about it until I started to see reviews and giveaways on other's blogs. I received a complimentary jar of virgin coconut oil and a wonderful book called “Virgin Coconut Oil: How it has changed people’s lives, and how it can change yours” about how it came to be, a bonus for the book would be that there are recipes.
It is no surprise around my house that I love to cook and bake, but what I love even more is searching for recipes that do not cost an arm and leg to feed my family. You guessed it! I found quite a few recipes that I wanted to try. I decided to make the Chicken Cacciatore and Mmm it turned out delicious.
At first glance the coconut oil is the consistency of shortening and many would wonder how they can call this oil. Ha Ha After heating it up it turns into a beautiful smooth oil with a lovely coco nutty scent. I am a sucker for that scent. I followed the directions to a T because since this was my first time (definitely not my last) cooking this dish, I did not want to mess it up. I not only served my family but also invited my friend and her 2 children to dinner. Just because there is a strong scent of coconut, you do not taste it within the food.

Coconut oil is not only used to cook with. In the book you can find all kinds of uses from health benefits to how it has changed people's lives for the better. I found the story of Virgin Coconut oil very interesting and informative. You can buy the book here

You can purchase the Virgin Coconut Oil here

As an added bonus for you, When you go to the site and make your first purchase, you can use User ID# 5598659. Doing this will get a FREE copy of the Virgin Coconut Oil Book.

They also have a free recipe blog which is updated daily with new kitchen-tested recipes. If you are like me and love finding new recipes go Here and have a look around.

I was given the opportunity to review this product because of my membership at The Product Review Place
I was given a jar of coconut oil and a book so I could review them. No other compensation was offered of accepted.

Friday, October 16, 2009


Hello everyone!!! I just wanted to write out a list of some reviews and giveaways that will be posted from tomorrow to next Saturday. These are in no particular order.

I have gotten behind and for that I am sorry. My 2 year old's ASD is rearing it's ugly head, so I have been spending a lot of time working with him.

I love to bake and cook so I am proud to be bringing you these 3 reviews:
Progresso Panko review and giveaway
Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil review
Michael Psilakis' How To Roast A Lamb

I have 4 kids with ages ranging from 6 mths to 8 years so here are a couple fun reviews:
Earth Baby Playful Sudzy Baby Bath Gel review
Sports Guys review and discount code
Enfant Vision

I home school my 2 oldest and will be reviewing 2 great books:
Performing Literacy Through Story Telling
Teaching Writing and Reading together

Some of the other reviews are:
Zoom Albums with a giveaway
Anti Monkey Butt Powder with a giveaway
Certain Dri Anti perspirant with giveaway
Floaster and Floraster Kids review
Charco Caps with a way to win a gas card
Cystex with giveaway
Softlips with giveaway

So I have lots of work to do, but right now I feel bad that I got behind.

Keep your eye out for these great reviews and of coarse the giveaways!!!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Today is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day



Today I will be lighting a candle for William Robert who was born sleeping at 24 weeks. He was a fighter but sadly ran out of fluid 11 weeks after my water broke while miscarrying his twin. I have not a doubt in my mind that he is taking care of his 6 brothers and sisters up there with him and watching out for his 3 brothers and sister down here on earth.

Rest In Peace Mommy's Forever Angel

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Brandi Carlile Give Up The Ghost Album Review

I had the awesome opportunity to review Brandi Carlile's new album Give up the Ghost which was released on October 6th 2009 and all I can say is WOW!!! I love her voice and I love how she puts so much into each song. It is very hard for me to pick my favorites and I listened to the album three times. I do favor “If There Was No You Touching The Ground” and “Dying Day”, so I guess you could call those my favorites. Really though every song is different and great to listen to.

Who is Brandi Carlile? Washington state-bred Brandi Carlile was inspired to pick up the guitar and learned to play after seeing the Indigo Girls in concert at Lilith Fair. Her last album, The Story, debuted on Billboard's Top 200, peaking at #2 on iTunes and was named one of VH1's "You Oughta Know" artists in addition to having many of her songs featured on various episodes of "Grey's Anatomy".

She's toured with the likes of Ray Lamontagne, Dave Mathews Band and Sheryl Crow. The recording of Give Up The Ghost presented the realization of a dream for Brandi – the opportunity to work with her idol, Elton John. “Brandi has an amazing voice,” he says. “She’s a great songwriter and has a tremendous career ahead of her.”

See Brandi Live: “Give Up The Ghost Traveling Show” kicked off September 10th in Salt Lake City, UT. The tour is stopping at legendary venues across the country. Brandi donates $1 from every ticket sale to The Looking Out Foundation a helping hand foundation she created to aid the many causes she's passionate about. Go to to buy your tickets now!

Thank You One2One network for allowing me to review another great album.

I was given no compensation for doing this review, all opinions are my own and may differ from someone else.

Lipo-Flavonoid Informational Review And Giveaway

Tinnitus, do you suffer from it or know someone who does? Tinnitus is also known as a ringing in ones ears. There is no cure for tinnitus and it is one of those conditions that is very annoying because it is always there.

Why am I doing an informational review of this product on my blog? I am sure you are thinking this. Well until recently, tinnitus (ringing in the ears) was experienced mostly by those over the age of 50. While the cause of tinnitus is not fully understood, many experts say that it is a result of an injury to the hearing mechanism caused by a sudden loud noise/explosion or repeated and prolonged exposure to loud noises (loud music, occupational exposure, etc.) Hmm maybe I should rethink the idea of using music played loudly to drown out the kids when they are all being super loud.
We are a military family and as my husband does not suffer from this condition, this condition is making itself know among the military communities. "Many of the troops returning from overseas are reporting a high incidence of tinnitus despite the fact that most of them are quite young,” explains Andrew Cheng, M.D., an otolaryngologist and clinical assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at New York Medical College and ear health advisor for Lipo-Flavonoid ( ), a clinically-proven, dietary supplement that has shown promising relief for tinnitus sufferers.
There can be some relief for your tinnitus, Dr. Cheng suggests that you try, avoiding caffeine and alcohol, manage your stress, avoid your exposure to any additional loud noises (invest in a good pair of ear plugs), which can aggravate tinnitus even further, control your blood pressure, decrease your salt and sodium intake. These are a few ways to help and also to take Lipo-Flavonoid.

What is Lipo-Flavonoid? Lipo-Flavonoid,, is a nutritional supplement that contains the B complex group of vitamins in a base of lipotropic agents, such as choline, inositol and pantothenic acid, plus vitamin C and bioflavonoids. "Seventy percent of my patients with tinnitus have had some level of success with Lipo-Flavonoid[RL&A2], which provides nutritional support to improve circulation in the inner ear for overall ear health." The exact formulation of ingredients in Lipo-Flavonoid has been tested numerous times in clinical studies [RL&A3] on humans and the results have demonstrated relief and improvement in the tinnitus, Dr. Cheng adds. For those with ringing in the ears, any improvement is a major benefit, since there is no known cure. Lipo-Flavonoid is free of sugar, starch, yeast, wheat, corn milk products and preservatives and is a great natural alternative for people who have tinnitus and need help coping with this condition.

Who is this Andrew Cheng, M.D. that I keep mentioning? Andrew Cheng, M.D., is a practicing, board-certified ear, nose and throat physician and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery at New York Medical College with a private clinical practice in New York City.
Dr. Cheng specializes in sinus disease, thyroid, parotid tumors surgery, and laser surgery related to vocal cords and voice problems, as well as the treatment and management of tinnitus (chronic ringing in the ears) and other hearing loss issues. In addition to being a Clinical Assistant Professor at New York Medical College/New York Eye & Ear, Dr. Cheng serves as Co-Chair for both the Committee on Family Health Issues and Membership Benefit Committee. He is currently the President of the Board of Trustee for New York County Medical Society. Dr. Cheng is a current media advisor to the ear health consumer education program for Lipo-Flavonoid®, a dietary supplement that has shown clinical relief for tinnitus sufferers, he offers insight and expertise on the topic of tinnitus and its negative effect on psychological health and hearing issues, how to help prevent the development of tinnitus and how sufferers can ease the intensity for a better quality of life.

Take a quiz to see if you should go to the Dr. and talk about tinnitus or to find out if you should change up your lifestyle a bit. Quiz

While there is no known medical cure for tinnitus - which leaves millions (more than 50 million in US) to learn how to live with this sometimes debilitating condition – Dr. Cheng says there are ways to ease the intensity of the ringing by incorporating a variety of lifestyle and dietary changes into your daily routine, including taking Lipo-Flavonoid, “Many of my patients with tinnitus have had success with Lipo-Flavonoid, which provides nutritional support to improve circulation in the inner ear for overall ear health.” “The exact formulation of ingredients in Lipo-Flavonoid has been tested numerous times in clinical studies on humans and the results have demonstrated relief and improvement in the tinnitus,” says Dr. Cheng.

So I will ask again, Do you or someone you know suffer from Tinnitus? If you answered yes, then you can win the chance to try Lipo-Flavonoid (bottle of 100 caplets) thanks to Robin Leedy & Associates, Inc and see if this natural alternative can help you or someone you know cope with tinnitus.

Leave a separate comment for each entry. Please leave your email address, so I have a way to get in touch with you if you win. This giveaway will run until October 25th 2009 with the winner chosen October 26th in the morning.

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I was given the opportunity to review this product because of my membership at The Product Review Place.

I received information on Tinnitus and Lipo-Flavonoid and was not compensated in any way to do this review.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Five For Fighting, Slice Album Review

Do you remember the songs “Superman” and “100 Years”? I sure do and now Five For Fighting is doing it again with a new album. The album Slice that will be released on October 13th 2009 is to say the least an awesome album.
You know how you buy an album and there seem to always be a few songs that just don’t fit. You know the few that you skip. This album has none of those. You will not want to skip any of them. Each song brings you John Ondrasik's wonderful voice and each song including the single “chances” is a song you can picture in your mind. Not only that but each song is one that you are sure to sing along to.
I had the great opportunity to listen to the full album and while I have a few favorites already, there are two songs that keep playing over and over in my head. “Note To The Unknown Soldier” and “This Dance”, maybe it is because my family is a military family or maybe it is just the rhythm of the songs, but these are two that really hit me in the heart. Every song on this album is one that you or someone close to you can completely relate to.
Want to see Five For Fighting on your television? Here is a quick list of Television appearances:
CBS Saturday Morning on October 10th 2009
The View on October 14th 2009
The Today Show on October 16th 2009

I know I will be watching!

Want to see Five For Fighting live? Check out to see if they will be playing in a city near you.

You can preorder the album on I know I am going to get a few albums to give to my family as Christmas gifts this year.

Thank You one2onenetwork for allowing me to review this album.

Review- Randy Kazandy, Where Are Your Glasses?

Randy Kazandy, Where Are Your Glasses? is an amazing book! The illustrations are beautiful and each page brings you fun rhymes. My children had so much fun finding the hidden glasses among the pages.

This book is about a little boy named Randy who needs glasses, but like most kids doesn't want them. He hates his glasses and has the most creative ways to try to rid himself of them. He does things from throwing them away to burying them in a sandbox. Every Mother knows their child and Randy Kazandy’s mommy is no different, she always had another pair of glasses ready and waiting.
Randy Kazandy would be a wonderful book for any child that also thinks that glasses make them look like an alien or a child who is unsure of something new. My daughter cannot get enough of this book and we have read it every day sometimes twice.

A big Thank You to Rhonda Fischer for allowing me to review Randy Kazandy, Where Are Your Glasses?

You can purchase this book for $19.95, plus shipping. Here

I was given the opportunity to review this product because of my membership at The Product Review Place.

Autism Moms Thursday

Todays Autism Moms Thursday is for all moms. It doesn't matter if your child has autism or not, we want to share this day with you. This will be a quick and easy post for everyone to do.

The theme is "Taking Care of Mom." List a couple of things you like to do just for yourself. Please join in and make your own list and head over to AutismLearningFelt to add your link.

I really had to think about this and go through my day in my head. The truth is I really don't do much for myself at all. How sad is that?

1. I do try to keep my toenails painted up pretty colors. I believe that one will count. lol

Wow! I think I have found a challenge for myself. I NEED to start doing more things for me.

Oh wait, I just thought of 2 more. lol

2. I watch Army Wives on Sunday night, Glee on Wednesday night, soon American Idol will start again

3. I need music in my life, so throughout the day I listen to various CDs (not just to drown out the loudness of the kids) but music puts me at a certain peace and can put me into a much better mood.

WooHoo!! I got three, but still need to infact do more for myself. So what do you do for yourself?

Monday, October 5, 2009

SENSEsational Alphabet Review

My two year old son has an ASD and if you don’t know what those letters mean, I will tell you. ASD means Autism Spectrum Disorder and really it means he does not have Autism per say but is showing enough red flags that he falls somewhere within the spectrum. He is now in therapy (two different ones) for certain things but it was a long road to get there. When he first turned two we went day to day with A LOT of frustration. We had referrals, but they were taking us nowhere.

We (my husband and I) started to teach him some sign language and this worked, but only for a few words. You see, my son did not talk, that’s right, I had to wait two and one-half years to hear the word mama come out of his sweet little mouth. I started searching and searching for books, articles, anything that would help us communicate with him. This is when I found SENSEsational Alphabet. April Rofe had a goal that came about after seeing that her own family learned so much from all sorts of books, such as sign language, touch and feel, and just a variety of different types of books. That goal was to help other families have one go to book that incorporated all of these ways of taking in information.

She achieved her goal when SENSEsational Alphabet became a reality. This book and card set is wonderful, really it is. April, along with her husband sent me the book and the card set and also graciously sent me an extra to give to my son’s therapists. I cannot thank them enough, we have worked with the book and cards every day and my son is thrilled when we get them out. I will tell you why.
The book has simple yet colorful pictures and each letter has its own page. Each picture incorporates a sense, such as touch with texture and even smells with some having a scratch and sniff item on it. Not only that but each page gives you the sign for it and has the words in Braille. As an added bonus the book also has a touch pad which lists the alphabet and says the letter and the word of the picture out loud. Two of my son’s favorite pages are the K and Z. K brings you a picture of a Kite and Z brings you a working zipper. It is amazing that in two weeks my son is saying kite and zipper, when just a few weeks ago we were lucky when he would say dada.

The cards are like a mini version of the book, with each picture being the same as the book and still having the sign and the word in Braille on them. We take the cards with us everywhere and pull them out whenever we get the chance. Even the older kids will get them out and go through them with the 2 year old.
The book and card set would be great for any young child just learning the alphabet, but they also work wonderfully for those children that may need a little extra help.

If you want to buy the book, cards, or both just click on the title above and it will take you to the website. Not only can you order from the site, you can also find out more about the author.

Thank You April and Erik for allowing me to review this wonderful product and for allowing me to share a set with my son's ECI Program.

Anyone have a Camera they can recommend?

So it seems that my beloved camera's time has come to join other cameras in camera heaven. At least that is what my daughter told me the other day when my camera stopped working.
Apparently my camera Did Not get the memo that I HAD pictures to take before I willingly would post a review. Really what is a review without cool pics of the product?
So now I will be getting in touch with my photo taking friend down the street and have her come and snap a few pics for me. Add them to the already written review and then FINALLY post it, so all of you can read it.
Now the question remains, What camera should I get? Do you have a camera that you just love? Would you recommend it to others? Let me know!!

It is Monday and Here is my Menu Plan Monday

Today I am having a proud moment. Not only I am posting my weekly menu on Monday, I also didn’t forget to post it this week.
Here is my menu:
Monday: Tuna Fish Casserole
Tuesday: Goulash, It is Cub Scout day so something easy and ready to eat before the meeting
Wednesday: Nachos
Thursday: Chicken and potatoes
Friday: Pancakes and sausage. We love breakfast for dinner nights
Saturday: Baked Ziti
Sunday: fajitas
Keeping it simple this week and making lots of family favorites.
If you would like to see more menus head over to orgjunkie and get some ideas for your own menu. Also don’t forget to add your own menu.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Autism Moms Thursday

This weeks Autism Moms Thursday over at Autism felt learning is all about pet peeves. I have had an interesting week filled with people who just don't get it. Here are my pet peeves for the week, if I added all my pet peeves I would have about 5 pages worth.
1. Not all autistic kids act the same and please try to understand that just because my children do not act like yours doesn't mean they are like you say "normal".
2. Yes I homeschool, that does not mean that my children are locked up in the house and never see daylight.
3. Not every child likes Pizza, get over it!!

Okay I better stop there. LOL Really I could write a dozen posts about my pet peeves.

I hope everyone has a great day!!