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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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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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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STRIDER Balance Bike for Children with Special Needs

When I find fun solutions that work well for special needs kids, I can’t wait to share them.   This is one of those times.  I’m so excited! The STRIDER balance bike is an interesting concept. A bike without pedals, it promotes a natural approach to balance, allowing the rider’s feet to remain safely touching the […]

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Alaska Airlines’ Perspective on Serving Passengers Flying with Disabilities

Living in the Pacific Northwest, I‘m very familiar with Alaska Airlines and their reputation for good customer service. After an interview with Ray Prentice, Alaska Airlines’ Director of Customer Advocacy, I have a new appreciation for the intention behind the reputation, especially in regard to accessibility and traveling with special needs. Here are a few […]

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Product Review: cinda b Super Tote

It’s a diaper bag, it’s a travel tote, it’s the perfect carry-on bag – the cinda b Super Tote can do it all, with style. Recently in my search for the best diaper bag for travel, a friend recommended the cinda b Super Tote.  The pretty tote immediately got my attention, so I had to […]

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Memory Monday : The Best is Yet to Come

Part of a series telling Veronica’s story.  I’ve previously written about Veronica’s first day, the first steps in a quest for answers, and going home. After my daughter was born, the quest for answers began. Her life in the NICU was filled with tests and scary prognoses, and as soon as she was stable enough […]

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The Best Diaper Bags for Travel

As we gear up for our next trip, I’m looking at diaper bags, searching for a new tote to contain my daughter’s essentials. We need a bag that will wrangle diapers, medications, medical supplies, a change of clothes, snacks and some entertainment for the trip. Ideally this diaper bag would have some pockets and pouches […]

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Tracks Air Review – Wireless Headphones by SOL Republic

Recently I had the opportunity to take the Tracks Air wireless headphones by SOL Republic and Motorola for a test drive, and I have to say, I was beyond impressed.  I’ve listened to many different types of headphones over the years and these are by far my favorite. The fact that they’re wireless means I […]

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What is a Limited Validity passport and how is it renewed?

Driver’s license, check. Passport photos, check.  Completed form DS-5504, check.  Official birth certificate?  Maybe not? Last year my husband got his first passport for our ski trip to Silver Star Ski Resort in British Columbia.  We thought we had everything required to have passport issueds, but got a surprise when submitting the application at the […]

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