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Captain America – Civil War or Iron Man is a Jerk

I took my son to the preview of Captain America – Civil War. He was so excited he was bouncing in his seat, and I couldn’t get him to stop until the movie started. He is 11 now, but he has watched superhero movies his whole life and loves them. We got to preview the movie in return for our honest review. This movie is PG-13 and earns that rating due to violent action scenes and mature themes. We have made the decision that when it comes to our child such movies are okay as long as they are set in a fictional world, and we always preview or watch the movies with him to make sure he understands what he saw and can put any scary or difficult situations in perspective. As there will be countless other children who see this film, I want other parents to understand that...
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Ended: Ultimate Homemaking Bundle

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When Depression Wins – Warning not Light Reading.

I suffer from Chronic Major Depressive Disorder. It isn’t fun, happy or good. Everything I try to blog about is contrary to how I feel and live. It has made me feel like a fake, so I will be blogging about my depression too, because somehow it has to fit in with the happy, fun and good. Somehow, I have to live. Lately I don’t want to. I also struggle with pituitary failure, and Arnold Chiari Syndrome. I have chronic migraines, am allergic to gluten, and struggle with asthma. Because of my pituitary failure I have no immunity, no stress response, and I have to take a LOT of steroids. These have made me gain weight. So basically I am overweight, bedridden, sick all the time, in intolerable pain, and depressed. It isn’t a pretty picture. Last month it got so bad that I wasn’t able to sleep for days...
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Kidecals – Personalized Kids Name Labels

*Disclosure: I received free product in return for this post. Kidecals are a great, new, waterproof label for all your kids stuff. With summer on the way we have swimming at the Y, Day Camps, travel to see family and friends and a host of other activities. All of our gear needs to be labeled so we can keep track of what is ours.I am currently volunteering at a local preschool and they have the same dilemma. Lots of kids, multiple activities, and a need to label everything. We are always searching for that elusive magic marker to make sure that nobodies stuff gets mixed up. (We seem to also always be searching for shoes). 🙂 Kidecals are a great option. Dishwasher, washing machine and dryer safe, they are perfect for almost any surface. Eventually marker fades or washes away. They are durable and can stick to almost any surface....
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Parenting Webinar from the InJoy and the Children’s Project

I have recently started a working/collaborative partnership with the group The Children’s Project. They have an awesome book, and their program has built my relationship with my son to a new level. It has also helped me to understand and nurture other relationships. I would highly recommend this webinar, and you can purchase a copy of the book on Amazon. It is an easy read, but packed with great practical advice and examples. I am still working my way through it, as I have to keep stopping to apply the principles and see how they work. So far it has been miraculous. My son has struggled with depression and anxiety, and using the principles taught in the book has really helped him to regain his confidence and happy demeanor. Please feel free to share this information with anyone and everyone. Their goal is to have a million people read the...
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2013 Goals

Rather than overwhelm myself with a years worth of goals, I am going to go month by month, and hold myself accountable via the blog. I divide my goals into categories, and usually like to have a written plan in my planner, and set deadlines, as all the wonderful experts suggest. The good news is that I am very driven and tend to achieve my goals. The bad news is that I often try to do too much. Family – Get  therapy and other interventions in place for Benjamin. Make family time “fun” therapy times. Establish weekly date nights with my husband. Spiritual – Read the Book of Mormon Pray out loud at least once daily. Physical – Exercise daily – I have joined a Dahn yoga studio and need to go everyday. We also have a Disney dance program for the Wii that will be awesome, and I need...
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Birthdays and Giveaways

Today was my son’s birthday party. We played with Legos. It was the easiest party ever. Legos, cake, and presents. They all had a blast and my son is overjoyed with all his new Lego sets. His Aspergers makes him obsessed with Legos, so today was his favorite day ever. He even got to go to Target and pick out some thanks to gift cards from friends. He was so excited he couldn’t stop jumping up and down this morning and now he is exhausted. I don’t want to fail to mention the tragedy in Connecticut, but it is so sad, that I don’t have words. My husband teaches at an elementary school. The fact that the world is becoming more and more dangerous terrifies me, yet somehow I still have faith that most people are good, there is a life after this, a God who looks after us, and...
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When Did I Become a Blubbering Mess – Warning, this is not a happy post.

It has been three weeks since my son has been diagnosed with Aspergers, OCD, and ADHD. I cry all the time. He is so angry, and so sad, and I don’t know how to help him. I also lack perspective. I worked with autistic kids, and studied them. It was academic. Now it is real. I know the challenges he will face, the struggles we will have. I know how to teach him, and that I will forever be the mean mother. My perfect baby who was going to have the healthy, happy life that I can’t now has to struggle. I did not want this for him. People keep suggesting I watch the t.v. show Parenthood. Today I watched the pilot and sobbed all the way through. The little boy is about the same age as mine, and has the same symptoms and problems. My son is a little...
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Life Can Be Hard

I have been avoiding the internet, blogging, and all things online for the past week or so. I have touched in with facebook, and occasionally made sure I didn’t have any important e-mails pending, but mostly I have gone off the grid. I have also been hiding in my room. Here is why: my son was just diagnosed with Apergers, OCD, ADHD, ODD, a mood disorder, social phobia, and sensory processing disorders. He may also have an eating disorder. In the last week, I have seen what it is like for a child to loose control and rage without remembering the incident, or even knowing why. I have watched my son struggle to understand why he has to take new medications everyday and what the name/label of Aspergers means. I have learned that I am not alone amongst even my neighbors in dealing with this disorder, and I have cried...
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Struggling to Parent, or Parenting a Struggling Child?

Today I got a phone call that I never expected to receive. The basic suggestion behind the call is maybe our program is not the right fit for your child. He is disruptive, and we don’t know how to handle him. He’s been in this program for years. His behavior has not changed, but perhaps it should have, as he has gotten older. They had other teachers who dealt with his behavior wonderfully and he was thriving. Why is this year so different? What happened? Could it be that I spent most of last year in the hospital with a life threatening and life altering condition? Could it be that he is a scared little boy trying to cope with things that he doesn’t understand? Does my child have ADHD, or even worse, does he have Asperger’s syndrome? Sadly the questions that run through my mind are mostly is this...
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Family Finances

I married a school teacher. I knew we would never be rich, and that we would always have to buy supplies for his students. I knew that we would live a simple life. I knew that he loved children and so did I, and teaching is his calling and who he is to the core. I love that about him. I love our simple life. I do not love our struggle with money. You see, things always crop up that exceed our budget. At first, it was car repairs, and school expenses. Then there were the medical bills, and the increase in cost of living. Now there are medical bills, car repairs, and the cost of adopting. Somehow we became a family with debt. In the past two years we have taken major steps to end that cycle. The credit cards are gone, and we have a lawyer working with...
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*Ended Win School Supplies

It is that time of year again, the true New Year for the parents of school aged children. The Sublime Media Connection wants to help you send your children back to school with the supplies they need! One very lucky reader is going to win: 1-3 Ring Binder 1-4 pack Elmers Glue Sticks 1-4 oz Elmers Glue 1-3 pack dry erase markers 1- 5 pack Bic Brite Liner Highlighters 1-10 pack Bic Mechanical Pencils 1- 4 pack ola Fashion retractable ball point pens 1- 10 pack multi point Pencils 2 pink erasers 1-64 count Geddes Crayons 1-Plastic School Activity Box 1 Trailmaker Classic Clear Back Pack Enter to win this great prize pack filled with goodies to send your students back to school with between August 24-September 1. This giveaway is open to US residents. We need all of these for my son! This giveaway was brought to you by the Sublime...
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Challenge: Be Grateful and Kind and Tell me How, Maybe you’ll win a prize:)

I love life and being busy, but I have a tendency to make mistakes, and sometimes I over book myself, or forget important things. I am human. It seems that the world is a lot harder on people now. We don’t give allowances, screw up at work and you get yelled at instead of corrected and allowed to try again. We are anxious to sue others if they make a mistake, and rarely apologize or take responsibility for our actions as that may appear as weakness or an admittance of liability. I hate this. I long for the polite society in books, where wrongs were forgiven, or dealt with swiftly, and others were quick to apologize and take responsibility. What happened to that world? When did we all become so calloused and self-serving? I work with children and have a son. He is showing signs of thinking he is entitled...
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*Ended Cash Giveaway for Back 2 School

Uncreative Mommy, Unorganized Mommy of 3, 4 Gremlins and a Mommy, and 4 Sassy Girlz have teamed up with some amazing bloggers for the Back To School $75 PayPal Cash Giveaway. My husband is a teacher and we always need money for extra school supplies. We provide a LOT of what he needs for the year. So whomever wins, please consider the teachers and buy them an extra packet of pencils or paper. They’ll appreciate it!! Giveaway will end at midnight August 10, 2012 and open worldwide. Enter below and GOOD LUCK!!! a Rafflecopter giveaway
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Team Mommies

Mommies Point of View found at https://www.teammommiespr.com is my new blogging network. I am thrilled to be part of their group, and amazed at their professionalism. Busy Brandi just did an amazing logo, banner and other features for the blog Mommies Point of View. She did a beautiful job and offers inexpensive blog designs for those of us who can’t pay $100’s of dollars.  She also offers premade blog designs that are beautiful and fun. You can find her designs, pricing and giveaways here: http://busybrandi.com Mommies Point of View is a great site for giveaways, product reviews and coupons. There are also blog posts from several different bloggers like myself on various parenting and other topics. I hope to take a large  role  in hosting a parenting question and answer forum, as well as conducting a book club. I would love to see your questions and book suggestions. Blogging is a...
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Helping Boys Read

My son loves to read, and is at the top of his first grade class. I would estimate that he is reading at a 3rd or 4th grade level. He has accomplished this stunning feat this year, thanks to good teachers, and some careful strategies that my husband and I have employed to create a great reader in our son. Now before you go and dismiss my son as being smart, or precocious, or extra focused you need to know that he has ADHD. He cannot focus, sit still for long, or even tolerate a long book. In addition, his father is dyslexic and Ben showed many signs of dyslexia, which we have now learned were due to the ADHD. We do treat his ADHD with medication and that has helped, but it did not teach him to read. My primary message to parents is to read to and with...
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Mom’s Meet Ambassador

I am a new Mom’s Meet Ambassador. It is a great excuse to get together with other mom friends, and we get to try new products. I also joined Martha Stewart Living‘s community and applied to be a blogger with them, and joined Chiquita mom’s. Ultimately I want to grow blogging into a community adventure for myeself. It is a way to connect and enjoy life without having to leave my room, which is sometimes necessary. I learned a long time ago, I need connections. I need human interaction, and while I am not so great with adults, I am amazing with children. I just need to learn adult speak. I am working on that. I am also applying to blog with other established sites, and will be starting a blog for my sons theater group. Blogging is my new passion and career. Add that to tapping and I am...
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Mother’s Day

Today was a wonderful day. I got breakfast in bed, mini roses, and chocolate. What’s not to love. My husband dealt with the rowdy 7-year-old, who we forgot to give his ADHD meds to, and I slept a wonderful sleep where I saved the community and a child from the apocolypse. I have been having strange dreams lately. My brother skyped my mom from Australia where he is serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He is doing well, speaking Mandarin, and otherwise enjoying sharing our faith with others. Coincidental all of my other siblings managed to call in during his call, so we all got to hear his voice and ask him questions. It is the first time we’ve talked to him since January, and the last time we’ll hear from him until Christmas. We have letters and his e-mails, but it was...
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New Adventures

I had a blog for Multiple Sclerosis, but now it seems they’ve found yet another diagnosis for my maddening and wildly varied symptoms. I am happy for a more unifying diagnosis, but have been through this process far too many times. I need to find another specialist in another state and then figure out how exactly I’m going to pay all the bills. My one saving grace is the change in medications has vastly changed my day-to-day life and it’s only been one day, so hurray for small blessings. My son has ADHD. Up until now, we’ve just dealt with it. Then I got sick, and we medicated him. Now I hopefully will get better and be able to parent in a way that helps him to find success. My husband has been mom, dad, breadwinner, and everything else in the household I hope to replace some of those roles...
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