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New Partnership: Poppy Life Care

(Pictured: Susanna Peace Lovell)   By Catherine DiFonso Newport Beach, CA, May 4, 2020: A new partnership has been developed between Poppy Life Care and SPL Life Coaching for families with special needs children. The partnership will bring both free and paid services to Poppy Life Care customers. Susanna Peace Lovell, SPL Life Coaching principal […]

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Safer At Home: Reflections (thus far)

(Legos, ALL DAY!)   We are embarking upon week 8 (!!) of safer at home / shelter in place / quarantine living. Arizona and I have had our ups and downs, mostly because change in routines and schedules are not easy for either of us. But aside from increased anxiety from time to time, we […]

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My Recommendations: Books for Autism Families

(Some of my all time faves!)   Well, hey y’all. I haven’t posted anything in a month because I have been HOME SCHOOLING MY CHILD (not by choice) and adjusting to yet another NEW NORMAL for us, as a family living with Autism during COVID-19 + quarantine + safer at home mandates. By the way, […]

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The Powder Room Show on Mom Talk Network

      What a beautiful conversation w/ Mom Talk Network and The Powder Room SHOW: sharing with intention — raising a child with special needs. https://youtu.be/dO-aGS1RidM Join us for a very transparent and real conversation about my experience in raising a daughter on the spectrum: the good, the bad, the uncomfortable moments and ultimately, […]

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Birthday Season: Let’s Eat Cake!

(Birthday cake for celebration #1) Arizona doesn’t officially turn 13 until tomorrow (June 18) but we’ve already had a few birthday celebrations for her. Because cake is obviously an important aspect of birthday FUN, I am so grateful for companies like Cherrybrook Kitchen who make my life so much easier during times like this! I […]

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2019: A New Beginning

(Me and my girl wishing you an abundance of JOY and PURPOSE in 2019 and beyond!) I have been a long-time fan of a fresh start (and any opportunity to start anew, really). It could be moving into a new home, a different school experience for my child and even opening the pages of a […]

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An Open Letter to Marriott: FOOD ALLERGY AWARENESS

(The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort & Villas, December 2018) Dear Marriott, My family and I were excited to check in to the Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort & Villas this 2018 winter holiday season. We heard amazing feedback and read great reviews about the property and looked forward to our stay. Mind you, our daughter, who […]

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Giving Back: A Cheerful Helpers Event

  (Cheerful Helpers Alumni Association Presents: A Read-a-Long / Sing-A-Long!) I know I talk about Cheerful Helpers Child & Family Study Center, A LOT. Perhaps it’s because we are still super involved with the school even though Arizona graduated 4 years ago. Maybe it’s because I still feel so supported by the community, and that […]

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Launching Soon: An Online Course for Special Needs Families

  (Coming soon: 2019!) I am so ecstatic to announce the upcoming launch of my first online course: Life Management for Special Needs Families. This course will take families like mine on a 4-week journey in finding joy and balance in their lives. Even in our life’s work of advocating for and supporting our children […]

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Spotlight: Enjoy Life Foods

(Gluten free, vegan, nut free brownies? Yes, please!) My journey with food allergies began as soon as Arizona was born. I remembered thinking that a lot of children had allergies but also that a lot of children grew out of them. I was convinced this would also be the case with my daughter. 12 years […]

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