April 20, 2016

The Truth About Being the Mom of a Speech-Delayed Child

When you have a speech delayed child, many people blow it off as being no big deal. No, it’s not the end of the world and yes, kids develop at different rates — but to you and your child, it is a big deal.

You put on a happy face, try to ignore the dismissive comments, and hide how you really feel. There is so much you really want to say. Maybe it’s time you do.

April 18, 2016

Celebrating Two Years of Blogging

Life has been majorly crazy around here lately, with more to come. M2 has been having issues more often. We all keep getting sick and passing it around. Appointment after appointment for doctors, car repairs, HVAC issues, you name it. Lots of family from around the country is visiting this month.

I have also been battling a case of writer's block. There are so many ideas swirling around in my head, yet the words don't want to come. Any of the posts I've written lately have taken much longer than usual. Most of the time, I start one then come back to it weeks later to finish. I've been struggling with balance between work and family, too. There is only so much time and I've needed more of it for family and to work on my weight loss.

While all this was going on, I realized I've been blogging for two years now. Happy two years! Thank you all for joining my crazy, busy life as it's changed over and over again in that short time. I can't wait to share what's to come with you. You guys are awesome and your support means so much.

Two years is the perfect time to step back, reevaluate and decide where to go from here.

April 13, 2016

How to Live Simply

Yesterday, I talked about my new, simpler way of living that I'm calling the Little House Lifestyle from the mind-set perspective. Today, I'm sharing some of the things I've been incorporating to get into this new lifestyle. Each fits in great with these easy ways to de-stress and builds on my goals for the year.

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April 12, 2016

Living a Simple, Happy Life

The longer we live in the country, the more I realize the benefits of living life simply. The newest purses, clothes and jewelry no longer bring the same excitement. Having fancy decorations and technology doesn't leave me jealous of those who have them. Instead, I appreciate what I have more, delight in a good bargain, make things I have last longer and focus on the simple things that make me happy. 

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April 7, 2016

The First Visit from the Tooth Fairy

When thinking about what the tooth fairy will do, many parents think there is plenty of time to figure it out. We thought the girls were going to at least be in first grade before we had to worry about it. Little did we know, a new big-kid adventure awaited us sooner than we thought when J came to show me she had a loose tooth already!

April 4, 2016

When Autism Makes You Prisoners

Our lives are different.

Even though I'm a stay-at-home mom/freelancer, I can't simply pack up the kids and go out.

We are trapped in the house, prisoners of autism.

There's no doing a quick errand, a long errand, even going to the park, playdate or story time when I'm alone with the kids. Walks around the block aren't possible. We have to stay in the house, doors locked, because that is where M2 is safest.

She's autistic and a runner. This means that if she gets it into her head, she takes off running. Disappears in the blink of an eye to anywhere and everywhere. Running in front of a speeding car won't faze her. Coming back when I call her won't illicit any response at all, she doesn't even turn around to look where I am. She can't tell someone who she is or where she lives. She won't even go near them, she'll keep running. With her, this isn't the usual toddler running away to be naughty, testing mommy to see if she's paying attention. It's something else entirely, something dangerous and frightening.