Going Home

Part of a series telling Veronica’s story.  I’ve previously written about Veronica’s first day, and the first steps in a quest for answers. Veronica spent the first 12 days of her life in the NICU, every morning beginning with new specialists discussing new theories, running new tests.   Every night ending with the NICU doctor […]

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Fitting shoes for your special needs child

Updated August 27, 2014 Back to school time!  Recently I’ve been asked where to buy shoes for a special needs child, and how to have shoes fit for orthotics. My answer was simple – Nordstrom. I’ve always been a Nordy’s girl, so it was the natural go-to for my kids shoes.  Several years ago when […]

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iPad Air Case Giveaway: Win a Free Impact Folio iPad Air Case!

It’s back to school and iPads have revolutionized learning.  My special needs daughter has one with communication and learning apps, as well as her favorite movies and songs.  My older daughter uses one for her homework planner, tutoring apps, and some of her text books.  iPads are also expensive, protecting them is important!  Lacking some […]

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Where to Eat in Victoria, BC

Bring clothes with a little give, with so many amazing eateries in Victoria you’ll need a little extra room!  From fresh seafood, to traditional ethnic food to locally sourced and allergy-free, there’s something tasty for every foodie preference.  With limited time we couldn’t get to every great restaurant, and being on a trip with kids […]

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Hotels in Victoria BC – The Parkside Hotel & Spa

One of the things I love about travel is the special memories that are made.  A recent girls-only trip to Victoria, BC with my daughters, mom, and mother-in-law was full of special moments, and was a trip that we will be talking about for years to come. Hotels in Victoria BC – The Parkside Hotel […]

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Comfort Food! Gluten-Free Individual Chicken Pot Pies

Who doesn’t love comfort foods? Warm and filling, chicken pot pie is among my family’s faves. Since my daughter was told she had juvenile diabetes in January I have been counting the carbs in our meals to determine her insulin needs, keeping things gluten free means I can have them, too. And I can’t resist […]

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Wheelchair Accessibility Aboard the Victoria Clipper

Located on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, the only way to Victoria from Seattle is by boat or plane.  There’s no reason to have a car in Victoria; it’s a very accessible and walkable city with cabs on every corner if you decide you need a lift. The Victoria Clipper is a comfortable passenger-only ferry […]

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7 Tips for Surviving TSA with a Special Needs Child

Getting through TSA with my family is a comedy worthy of a Sundance short film. I have a daughter with special needs who’s in a wheelchair, and a daughter with Type 1 diabetes with a meter, needles and insulin. Last family vacation I had an aggressive travel plan which included each family member taking their […]

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