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Top Tips: New Adventures

(My train loving girl) Arizona has a high level of interest in transportation of all kinds. She spends countless hours reading about and watching videos of trains, especially. In Los Angeles, she’s excited to ride on the Metro whenever she can. Every time she takes a ride though, she chooses the same exact route to get […]

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July 4th: A Sensory Guide

(Flashback to July 4, 2013) Perhaps the most exciting celebration of the summer, July 4th is a perfect time for families and friends to get together, engage in fun activities and most likely top of the night with spectacular fireworks. For families with children who have acute sensory issues like mine, celebrating Independence day can […]

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Travel Tips

(Taking Off!) Arizona has been all over the world by plane, trains, boats and automobiles since she was 2 months old. It was important for me and her dad to introduce her to travel at an early age, as it was both a passion of ours. But as we discovered Arizona’s food allergies, sensory dysfunction […]

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RCAP Presents: Motherhood, Wellness & Spirituality

(Motherhood Conversations) Calling all Mothers! For those of you in the Southern California area (or those of you who would like to come visit us for the weekend), please join me and Dr. Mimi Nartey as we co-host a day retreat for Mothers: As Mother’s Day approaches, we are all in need of a day […]

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7 Top Tips for Self-Care ….

(My new handbook is available now!) My journey with self-care started years and years ago, long before I became a mother. I grew to understand that taking care of myself is NOT selfish and that by doing so, I would be more available to my loved ones in deeper, more meaningful ways. It’s so much […]

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Autism Awareness: The Unity Bracelet

(This year’s unity bracelet for autism awareness) For the 6th year, Stella & Dot has created a Unity bracelet especially for the HollyRod Foundation. During the month of April, Stella & Dot will donate all net proceeds from eligible customer purchases of the Unity Bracelet to the HollyRod Foundation. Sales from these bracelets will support […]

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World Autism Awareness Day 2018

(I wouldn’t change you for the world, but will change the world for YOU!) April is Autism Awareness Month and today (April 2) is World Autism Awareness DAY. This month is a global movement to help increase understanding and acceptance of people with autism — across the spectrum and throughout the life span. World Autism […]

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Jump with RJ

  (Air ZO!) “Jumping helps many kids with autism regulate their bodies and this special sensory night was all about them…!” Thank you, HollyRod Foundation for partnering with SkyZone and Outback Steakhouse to host a SENSORY FRIENDLY night exclusively for autism families in the most DELICIOUS of environments : lots of jumping fun, ease of […]

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It’s Cool to Fly American

(Plane FUN!) Arizona and I were invited to participate in the AT&T and HollyRod Foundation event hosted by the American Airlines Abilities Employee Business Resource Group at LAX this past weekend. “It’s Cool to Fly American” is an “airport experience and rehearsal” event, having already taken place in airports across the country and finally coming […]

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2018 : Surrender

(Playa del Carmen : getaway with my girl) Certainly, the New Year 2018 is well under way. After a 3 week break from school, Arizona finally returns tomorrow. We’ve been on a few trips during this hiatus, a mix between work and play. Oh: and let’s not forget about my unexpected bout of shingles (SHINGLES?) […]

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