Baby Charlie Gard and the Case for Parental Rights

You may have seen the news story about baby Charlie Gard, an infant in the UK that was born with a rare genetic condition and specialists have decided that life support measures should be discontinued. The family has raised enough money to bring him to the US for experimental treatment, but the courts have backed […]

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Extreme Turbulence

As the small plane bounced and shook, I watched my daughter, small and still, laying on the gurney in front of me, connected to machines and monitors.  My head hurt and my stomach was in knots.  With all that happened, that feeling in the pit of my stomach wasn’t motion sickness.  I was worried for […]

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Family Skiing at Sundance Mountain Resort

Comfortable, relaxing and luxurious with a commitment to the environment and attention to detail. That’s what comes to mind when I think about Sundance Mountain Resort in Utah. It has the friendly familiarity of a local mountain, but with the sophistication and amenities of a luxurious resort – all tied together by its commitment to […]

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Buh-Bye 2016

So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, good bye… V’s been watching Sound of Music a lot lately! But no matter how you say it, we’ll be happy to have 2016 in the rear view. It’s been a tough year. I’ll share a little about it… Last school year, what started as a battle with the district […]

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Special Needs Santa Photos with Simon Mall’s Caring Santa

Last week I told you about Caring Santa, Santa photos for children with special needs taken at over 100 Simon mall locations nationwide. Today we had our Santa photos taken and I wanted to share our experience. 8am feels early on a Sunday morning, but it made for a quiet mall, a slower pace and […]

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Amazon Fire HD Kids Edition Tablet

Introducing the Amazon Fire HD Kids Tablet! If your child enjoys books, movies  and apps, they’ll love the Amazon Fire HD Kids’ Edition Kindle Tablet.  With access to over 10,000 kid-friendly titles available through 1 Year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited (requires Amazon subscription starting at $2.99/month after that), your child will never get bored.  It’s a […]

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Lido Beach Resort in Sarasota with Special Needs

Lido Beach Resort in Sarasota with Special Needs Ahh Sarasota.  White sandy beaches, warm, calm water and lots of relaxation. Earlier this year I was guest of Lido Beach Resort and wrote a review for luxurytravelmom.com.  With summer vacations just around the corner I wanted to make sure that you had the DL on this […]

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DIY Hand Sanitizer Spray Recipe

There’s a great debate about hand sanitizers – even the more natural versions of DIY hand sanitizers get people talking. The conversation is about germs having their place in this world, and if we try to be completely germ-free we weaken our own ability to fight the bugs on our own. Although I do believe […]

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Vacation Ideas for Special Needs in San Diego

Whenever anyone asks about vacation ideas for special needs families, the first city I think of is San Diego.  With its beautiful beaches, warm weather, friendly people and fun attractions, San Diego is a top vacation destination for families, but it’s also the most handicap accessible city that I’ve visited.  Much of this is due […]

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What to Expect – Adaptive Skiing with Special Needs

I had no idea what to expect the first time my daughter with special needs went adaptive skiing, I swear I didn’t breathe the entire first run. But once I saw that big, beautiful smile on my girl’s face at the end of the first run, it was game on! Turns out she’s got quite […]

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Gift Ideas for Children with Special Needs

What does V want for her birthday or Christmas? I don’t know about you, but I kind of dread that question. V loves a celebration, and is so excited to get presents, but it’s tough finding things that really resonate with her or that she’s able to use. It becomes a quest for me to […]

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Gluten-Free Sausage Stuffing Recipe

The pre-holiday rush is on at the grocery store. Seeing all of my favorite holiday foods and seasonal decorations really has me in the mood.   To be honest, I enjoy every time of year, but the Holiday Season is truly something special, and Thanksgiving is the official kick off to all of the festivities. Reminiscing […]

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Holiday Recipes with Essential Oils

The Holidays are HERE!  I love the holiday season…it all kicks off with Thanksgiving and that’s right around the corner.  I’m celebrating even more this year because my college freshman is coming home!  I haven’t seen her since August and I just can’t wait to have her back home.  I’m baking more, cleaning more and […]

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