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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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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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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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My Top 5 Tips : Food Allergies

(Throwback photo to my 5 year old cutie, just because) I was gutted to tears when I read a recent New York Times article  about a 3 year old boy who died after being (irresponsibly) given a grilled cheese sandwich at preschool. He was severely allergic to dairy and died from anaphylactic shock. Aside from […]

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Food Allergies : Holiday Baking

(Arizona loves baked goods!) Because Arizona is allergic to wheat, eggs, nuts, soy and dairy and especially since a lot of our kiddos have food sensitivities these days, I thought it would be helpful to share some practical tips in getting through the holidays with fun, baked goods that everyone can enjoy. In the past, […]

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An Alumni Event : Cheerful Helpers

(Interactive reading with the kiddos!) When Arizona graduated from Cheerful Helpers Child & Family Study Center in 2012, I was anxious about stepping back into the scary world without my special needs tribe around me. I was accustomed to weekly parent groups, family therapy sessions and connecting with the teachers and other families multiple times […]

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Teal Pumpkin Project

Halloween is Arizona’s favorite holiday, hands down. She loves anything scary – and revels in spiders and skeletons and ghoulish zombies. Aside from the Halloween parade at school today, we will trick or treat in our neighborhood with a few friends this evening. My favorite part of the evening is watching Arizona practice her social […]

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Autism & Diet

(Arizona and her cousin Adeline eating dinner) I’ve been focused on Arizona’s diet since day one; long before the autism diagnosis was on the table. She had a rough start to life with myriad food allergies and our journey of eliminating foods began at the age of 3 months. Certainly, food allergies mandated an obvious […]

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A Trip to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

This past weekend, I took Arizona to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Theme parks have typically been challenging outings. Arizona tends to get over-stimulated by so many sights and sounds. This can cause her to “tune out” and become dysregulated. In the past, it has also been difficult for her to stand still (and […]

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