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Jack-Jack: "Let me tickle myself so I can laugh!"
He started laughing before he even got his hand near his body! Jack-Jack doesn't ask for much. In fact through the years, the only thing that he has consistently asked for is nutcrackers. This 6 foot tall nutcracker is just a bit out of our price range, but he is okay with that because he got to take a picture laughing with a giant nutcracker. He can find joy in the simple things. 
This photo means everything to me today! We are at Macy's making memories, and I was stuck at the "I didn't get matching outfits again, and I didn't get haircuts for the boys." Because I am just burned out, and I can't do it all. And then I look and see my failures at not getting everything done. 
This year, like last year and the year before, I won't have the perfect Christmas card with matching outfits. We won't have a picture perfect house decorated with the "in style" decor. But we have joy. We have a deep abiding joy that comes from knowing the Savior. And we have a joy that comes from having a household filled with love. 
My prayer for you today is that you find joy in the simple things like taking a picture with a nutcracker or spending time with family. And that you remember the real reason we celebrate Christmas. @macys #autism #autismjoy 
#jesusisthereason #findingjoy #celebrateChristmas #ourSaviorLives #giantnutcracker #nutcrackers #macyschicago #macys #lifestyleblogger #autismblogger #autismmom
Jack-Jack: "Let me tickle myself so I can laugh!" He started laughing before he even got his hand near his body! Jack-Jack doesn't ask for much. In fact through the years, the only thing that he has consistently asked for is nutcrackers. This 6 foot tall nutcracker is just a bit out of our price range, but he is okay with that because he got to take a picture laughing with a giant nutcracker. He can find joy in the simple things. This photo means everything to me today! We are at Macy's making memories, and I was stuck at the "I didn't get matching outfits again, and I didn't get haircuts for the boys." Because I am just burned out, and I can't do it all. And then I look and see my failures at not getting everything done. This year, like last year and the year before, I won't have the perfect Christmas card with matching outfits. We won't have a picture perfect house decorated with the "in style" decor. But we have joy. We have a deep abiding joy that comes from knowing the Savior. And we have a joy that comes from having a household filled with love. My prayer for you today is that you find joy in the simple things like taking a picture with a nutcracker or spending time with family. And that you remember the real reason we celebrate Christmas. @macys #autism  #autismjoy  #jesusisthereason  #findingjoy  #celebrateChristmas  #ourSaviorLives  #giantnutcracker  #nutcrackers  #macyschicago  #macys  #lifestyleblogger  #autismblogger  #autismmom 
Movie night with my daughter - no makeup, hair not did, just two girls having fun. We are seeing Instant Family. Canโ€™t wait for Mary Poppins Returns. #instantfamilymovie #marypoppinsreturns #girlsnightout #youngstown #regalcinema #motherdaughterdate #movienight
What a difference a day makes! It has been overcast here in Northeast Ohio for days and days. For the last several days I have been trying to get a photo for a sponsored post, and although, Jack-Jack loves the new StarLink game by Ubisoft, he has been in a down mood as evidenced by photos 2 and 3 which were taken yesterday. The photo I ended up posting yesterday doesn't show his face because he face wasn't going to be happy no matter what I did. 
He really as trying to smile for me. But nothing I did to cheer him up was working. Today he woke up chipper and all smiles.

I don't do many sponsored posts. And usually my kids are happy and smiling to do them, but living with autism doesn't always make for great photo ops. In fact when I think about how many photos we don't have through the years, it hurts. Because in the midst of a meltdown or horrible days, I usually don't pull out my phone. I do a lot of hugging and holding and trying to figure out what I can do to help him overcome. 
BTW, my kids love this game. I love the game. Go get the game!

#ad #socialspotters #starlinkGame #target #nintendoswitch #autismreality #autismawareness #autismmom #homeschoolmom #homeschoolingautism #toyblogger #workingmomlife #thisisreallife #autismfamily #ytown #youngstownblogger #youngstownohio @ubisoft
What a difference a day makes! It has been overcast here in Northeast Ohio for days and days. For the last several days I have been trying to get a photo for a sponsored post, and although, Jack-Jack loves the new StarLink game by Ubisoft, he has been in a down mood as evidenced by photos 2 and 3 which were taken yesterday. The photo I ended up posting yesterday doesn't show his face because he face wasn't going to be happy no matter what I did. He really as trying to smile for me. But nothing I did to cheer him up was working. Today he woke up chipper and all smiles. I don't do many sponsored posts. And usually my kids are happy and smiling to do them, but living with autism doesn't always make for great photo ops. In fact when I think about how many photos we don't have through the years, it hurts. Because in the midst of a meltdown or horrible days, I usually don't pull out my phone. I do a lot of hugging and holding and trying to figure out what I can do to help him overcome. BTW, my kids love this game. I love the game. Go get the game! #ad  #socialspotters  #starlinkGame  #target  #nintendoswitch  #autismreality  #autismawareness  #autismmom  #homeschoolmom  #homeschoolingautism  #toyblogger  #workingmomlife  #thisisreallife  #autismfamily  #ytown  #youngstownblogger  #youngstownohio  @ubisoft
Do you have a favorite video game in your house? #ad We bought Starlink: Battle for Atlas by @Ubisoft at Target and Jack-Jack is loving it! With the Starter Pack you get everything to build your own spaceship toy that connects to your controller and changes your spaceship in the game. 
I love the game too because the content is perfect for him. 
#StarlinkGame #SocialSpotters #autismmom #videogamers #homeschoolblogger #toyblogger #gamereviewer #starlinkbattleforatlas #learningthroughplay #target #ubisoftgame #familygamenight #nintendoswitchgames #holidaygiftideas
Do you have a favorite video game in your house? #ad  We bought Starlink: Battle for Atlas by @Ubisoft at Target and Jack-Jack is loving it! With the Starter Pack you get everything to build your own spaceship toy that connects to your controller and changes your spaceship in the game. I love the game too because the content is perfect for him. #StarlinkGame  #SocialSpotters  #autismmom  #videogamers  #homeschoolblogger  #toyblogger  #gamereviewer  #starlinkbattleforatlas  #learningthroughplay  #target  #ubisoftgame  #familygamenight  #nintendoswitchgames  #holidaygiftideas 
My only daughter the last day of our Beaches Resort Vacation! 
I have written a blog post about What All Inclusive Means at a Beaches Resort - Does it include tips? How much food? Do you need to bring an electric adapter?
Find out over on the blog. .
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#affiliate #beachespartner #amothersrandomthoughts #beachesresorts #beachesturksandcaicos #turksandcaicos #numberonebeach #beachvacation #socialmediaonthesand #smots #motherdaughtertrip #workingmomlife #bloggerlife #travelblogger #workingwoman
My only daughter the last day of our Beaches Resort Vacation! I have written a blog post about What All Inclusive Means at a Beaches Resort - Does it include tips? How much food? Do you need to bring an electric adapter? Find out over on the blog. . . . #affiliate  #beachespartner  #amothersrandomthoughts  #beachesresorts  #beachesturksandcaicos  #turksandcaicos  #numberonebeach  #beachvacation  #socialmediaonthesand  #smots  #motherdaughtertrip  #workingmomlife  #bloggerlife  #travelblogger  #workingwoman 
I posted this on my personal Facebook page on Friday: So many of my friends were blessed by this that I thought I would share it with you. And if you are living with autism, you know that the days are hard; so hard that when you get a win you want to share and encourage other mommas that the days aren't always so bleak.
Photo by @melissajoan_m 
BIG WIN TODAY! 
Today Marcus had a dentist appointment. Douglas was very, very anxious. Asked a gazillion times, "after Marcus is done, what is going to happen?" I kept telling him he didn't have an appointment (he didn't) and he didn't need to be anxious.

When we got to the dentist office, I asked the dentist if Douglas could sit in the chair. I told him he would only sit in the chair and the dentist wouldn't do anything besides look in his mouth. 
He got in the chair; the dentist said, "I will do what I want you do to first." And the dentist opened his mouth and let Douglas look at his teeth. Then Douglas opened his mouth and let the dentist look at his teeth. Simple enough.

THEN, Douglas watched almost the entire time when the dentist worked on Marcus - Cleaning and a filling. AND he said he would get a cleaning and x-rays next month! 
If you know Douglas, you know this is huge!!!! So thankful for little victories! Shirt by Cat and Jack from Target @target 
#autismmom #autismwin #autismblogger #dentaltrauma #littlethingsmeanalot #thankful #homeschoolblogger #homeschoolingmom #falldays #lovethatsmile
I posted this on my personal Facebook page on Friday: So many of my friends were blessed by this that I thought I would share it with you. And if you are living with autism, you know that the days are hard; so hard that when you get a win you want to share and encourage other mommas that the days aren't always so bleak. Photo by @melissajoan_m BIG WIN TODAY! Today Marcus had a dentist appointment. Douglas was very, very anxious. Asked a gazillion times, "after Marcus is done, what is going to happen?" I kept telling him he didn't have an appointment (he didn't) and he didn't need to be anxious. When we got to the dentist office, I asked the dentist if Douglas could sit in the chair. I told him he would only sit in the chair and the dentist wouldn't do anything besides look in his mouth. He got in the chair; the dentist said, "I will do what I want you do to first." And the dentist opened his mouth and let Douglas look at his teeth. Then Douglas opened his mouth and let the dentist look at his teeth. Simple enough. THEN, Douglas watched almost the entire time when the dentist worked on Marcus - Cleaning and a filling. AND he said he would get a cleaning and x-rays next month! If you know Douglas, you know this is huge!!!! So thankful for little victories! Shirt by Cat and Jack from Target @target #autismmom  #autismwin  #autismblogger  #dentaltrauma  #littlethingsmeanalot  #thankful  #homeschoolblogger  #homeschoolingmom  #falldays  #lovethatsmile 
Jack-Jack with members of the 501st Midwest Garrison Legion @chitagweek. You too can interact with these awesome characters. Find out how to visit the Chicago Toy and Game Fair in my latest blog post.

#ad #chitag2018 #chitag2017 #chitag #chicagotoyandgamefair #toysandgames #chicago #navypier #thingstodoinchicago #501stlegion #stormtroopers #autism #autismmom #bloggermom #toyinfluencer #getyourgameon #homeschoolmom
Last night we went to see The Grinch. Jack-Jack 9s in the black and green coat hiding. The good news is that he was just hiding during the previews. To read my review of The Grinch head on over to the blog.
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#thegrinch #thegrinchwhostolechristmas #thegrinchmovie #movietheater #autismawareness #recliningseats #cinemark #cinemarkxd #moviereview #moviereviewer #homeschoolblogger #movieblogger #teachingwithmovies #christmasmovies
Do you see any games you own? I joke about having the world's largest game collection. We love the benefits of play and encourage our kids to play often.
Over on the blog I tell you where you can find North America's Largest Toy and Game Fair!
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#ad #chitag #chitag2018 #benefitsofplay #learningthroughplay #toyblogger #homeschoolmom #homeschooling #homeschoolblogger #familytoys #letthemplay #klask #yetiinmyspaghetti #otrio #sceneit #pictopia #braingames #soggydoggy #peaceablekingdom #eyefoundit #christmastoys #christmasgiftsideas
Do you see any games you own? I joke about having the world's largest game collection. We love the benefits of play and encourage our kids to play often. Over on the blog I tell you where you can find North America's Largest Toy and Game Fair! . . . #ad  #chitag  #chitag2018  #benefitsofplay  #learningthroughplay  #toyblogger  #homeschoolmom  #homeschooling  #homeschoolblogger  #familytoys  #letthemplay  #klask  #yetiinmyspaghetti  #otrio  #sceneit  #pictopia  #braingames  #soggydoggy  #peaceablekingdom  #eyefoundit  #christmastoys  #christmasgiftsideas 
What do you know about the original Nutcracker? 
Before seeing Disney's Nutcracker and the Four Realms, I did some research. I knew very little before. And now that I know something about the original story, I am laughing as I hear people complain about Disney's movie. (Hint: If all you know about the Nutcracker is the ballet version, you must read more.)
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#thenutcrackerandthefourrealms #disneysnutcracker #etahoffmann #theoriginalnutcracker #storyofthenutcracker #tchaikovsky #homeschoolmom #homeschoolblogger #teachingthroughplay #disneymovies #moviereviewer
What do you know about the original Nutcracker? Before seeing Disney's Nutcracker and the Four Realms, I did some research. I knew very little before. And now that I know something about the original story, I am laughing as I hear people complain about Disney's movie. (Hint: If all you know about the Nutcracker is the ballet version, you must read more.) . . #thenutcrackerandthefourrealms  #disneysnutcracker  #etahoffmann  #theoriginalnutcracker  #storyofthenutcracker  #tchaikovsky  #homeschoolmom  #homeschoolblogger  #teachingthroughplay  #disneymovies  #moviereviewer 
Happy Halloween! These two light up the room (when they're not fighting)!
We don't dress up until later in the day.  What are your kiddos dressing as?
#happyhalloween๐ŸŽƒ #homeschoolmom #homeschoolblogger #homeschoolingmom #lovemykidsโค๏ธ #Autismmom #autismsibling #countingmyblessings๐Ÿ™ #dowhatyoulovedaily #loveyourfamilywell #loveyourfamily #fallinohio #whitehousefruitfarm
Do you know about the new game StarLink: Battle for Atlas game? We found it @Target and my kids are excited to play! They can't wait to see all the fun ways to build and see what comes to life onscreen. Marcus is most excited because I have said I will play with him! Keep watching for more fun! @ubisoft 
#ad #Socialspotters #starlinkgame #autismmom #videogamers #homeschoolblog #gamereviewer #starlinkbattleforatlas #learningthroughplay #target #ubisoftgame #familygamenight #nintendoswitchgames #xboxonegames 
#ps4games
Do you know about the new game StarLink: Battle for Atlas game? We found it @Target and my kids are excited to play! They can't wait to see all the fun ways to build and see what comes to life onscreen. Marcus is most excited because I have said I will play with him! Keep watching for more fun! @ubisoft #ad  #Socialspotters  #starlinkgame  #autismmom  #videogamers  #homeschoolblog  #gamereviewer  #starlinkbattleforatlas  #learningthroughplay  #target  #ubisoftgame  #familygamenight  #nintendoswitchgames  #xboxonegames  #ps4games 
That time I took a photo with the boy band In Real Life at Social Media on the Sand last week because I could!This is my life! 
BTW, I love my beach coverup from @santowrap
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@inreallife @beachesresorts #beachesresorts #socialmediaonthesand #inreallife #boyband #beachesturksandcaicos #bloggerlifestyle #travelblogger
Have you ever made sushi? Last Thursday, I got to join other Beaches Moms and learn the art of Sushi Making. It was a great experience. I am hoping to be able to recreate these yummy (and slightly less than perfect) rolls at home for my family.
The link in my bio will take you to a short Facebook Video that I recorded of our experience. .
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#beachespartner #beachesmoms #sushimaking #makingsushi #spicytunaroll #glutenfreefood #beachesresorts #beachesturksandcaicos #socialmediaonthesand #homeschoolingmom #neverstoplearning #travelmom #travelblogger #ihadthetimeofmylife
Have you ever made sushi? Last Thursday, I got to join other Beaches Moms and learn the art of Sushi Making. It was a great experience. I am hoping to be able to recreate these yummy (and slightly less than perfect) rolls at home for my family. The link in my bio will take you to a short Facebook Video that I recorded of our experience. . . . #beachespartner  #beachesmoms  #sushimaking  #makingsushi  #spicytunaroll  #glutenfreefood  #beachesresorts  #beachesturksandcaicos  #socialmediaonthesand  #homeschoolingmom  #neverstoplearning  #travelmom  #travelblogger  #ihadthetimeofmylife 
A little while back we visited The Carle Museum which is dedicated to Picture Book Art. Eric Carle and his late wife, Barbara, opened the museum. This is a wonderful place to play, explore, learn and read! And since I love books, I was in heaven, but if you want to know what my kids thought of it, check out the blog (link in bio). @carlemuseum .
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#hosted #ericcarle #ericcarlemuseum #carlemuseum #picturebooks #picturebookart #veryhungrycaterpillar #theveryhungrycaterpillar #homeschoolmom #homeschoolingmom #amherstma #booksaremagic #365homeschool
A little while back we visited The Carle Museum which is dedicated to Picture Book Art. Eric Carle and his late wife, Barbara, opened the museum. This is a wonderful place to play, explore, learn and read! And since I love books, I was in heaven, but if you want to know what my kids thought of it, check out the blog (link in bio). @carlemuseum . . #hosted  #ericcarle  #ericcarlemuseum  #carlemuseum  #picturebooks  #picturebookart  #veryhungrycaterpillar  #theveryhungrycaterpillar  #homeschoolmom  #homeschoolingmom  #amherstma  #booksaremagic  #365homeschool 
So I attempted to make Walt Disney's chili, but it wasn't very tasty unless you added sour cream and cheese. But I think I may have figured out what the problem is. Over on the blog, I have a Kitchen Science Experiment that will show you what the problem is with the recipe!
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#whatwaltate #eatlikewalt #waltdisneyschili #waltschili #groundbeef #chilirecipe #makingchili #disneyschooling #disneyhomeschool #disneymom #disneykitchen #homeschoolroom #homeschoolfun #fallrecipes
So I attempted to make Walt Disney's chili, but it wasn't very tasty unless you added sour cream and cheese. But I think I may have figured out what the problem is. Over on the blog, I have a Kitchen Science Experiment that will show you what the problem is with the recipe! . . . #whatwaltate  #eatlikewalt  #waltdisneyschili  #waltschili  #groundbeef  #chilirecipe  #makingchili  #disneyschooling  #disneyhomeschool  #disneymom  #disneykitchen  #homeschoolroom  #homeschoolfun  #fallrecipes 
All good things come to an end. Re-entry into the real world is painful. I think I forgot how to cook. #beachespartner #beachesmoms #beachesresorts #socialmediaonthesand #beachesturksandcaicos
#homeagain #thanksbeaches #ihadthetimeofmylife
Colors of Turks and Caicos - this is my last full day in paradise. I will miss the blue skies, warm weather, and beautiful people here. @beachesresorts #beachespartner #beachesmoms #beachesresorts #socialmediaonthesand #beachesturksandcaicos #greeneryandscenery #colorsofbeachescontest #blueskies #turksandcaicos #turksandcaicosislands