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Williams Syndrome Wednesday: Crafting with Exceptional Kids

Part of my New Years #thive2016 resolution is ensuring the whole family thrives. So over the weekend I thought we should do a typical family activity. We should make a craft. But special needs crafting ideas are hard to come by. Not only do both my kids like to make things, Allie gets to work on some of those “therapy skills” when she’s doing crafts at school. Why not do one at home? I found an easy craft over at The Inspired Home and rounded up all the supplies. This isn’t something we’ve done at home much so I had no idea…

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Just in the St. Nick of time

Wow! Everything seems to get done at the last minute around here lately. But I’m happy to say that BOTH kids will have an advent calendar this year. I squeezed out an extra day, as the boy is visiting grandparents tonight, so although it’s not hung, it’s ready to go. I got the idea from Lindsay over at Little House Blog a few years ago here and have enjoyed filling it ever since. Here it is handing last winter. I needed to make one for Obi so I went back to Little House Blog and used this free printable to…

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Adventures in Advent 1: Adapting

So my Sis (STOP READING NOW SIS) is embracing a sugar free life. But we’re both big fans of advent and this year, the Starbucks advent calendar. But what’s the fun in opening a calendar when you can’t enjoy the spoils? So I took it up on myself to adapt the calendar to include non-food trinkets. I tried to do this on a tight budget as the calendar itself is a little spendy. So cool though…the tins are sitting on a magnetic chalk board with a simple wooden frame. Nice! You should reveal a caramel each day…but instead my sis…

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Drop Off Zone

It’s that time of year around here – birthday party season. And while we’re planning our own party for November, the invites are pouring in for classmates parties. The thing is, we’re now into drop off parties. Which seems to have come along faster than I’d expected, given the boy is still only 3. This causes 2 major problems for me. One, my boy refuses to be dropped off, which makes me the awkward hanging around parent, and two, I’m gonna have to host a ‘drop off’ party. Which, I’m not gonna lie, seems like about 100 times harder to…

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Owl be damned, that’s one sharp logo

As you’ve likely noticed, things got a little better looking around here. My lovely brother-in-law created a little guy for the top of my page. I really like him and hope you do too (my new owl, that is, not my brother-in-law…who I do like very much but don’t necessarily expect you to like, you know, without having met him). I’ve also created a facebook page! Whoa, that’s alot of change for 1 day. If you’re so inclined, head over to that LIKE button —–>> and catch all the Mommydo mumblings. What else happened this weekend? Which became: Which led…

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Awesome has three sides

Especially when all three are pumpkin perfection with 2 kinds of glaze. Oh yes, thanks to Joanne at Inspired Taste I baked up a batch of pretty-close-to-the-mark Starbucks(like) pumpkin scones. Which are my favourite thing to eat. So good. If you want the recipe, you should pop over and visit them. It will be TOTALLY worth it. Oh yeah, and in case you are one of those people who needs to eat dinner before downing a plate of scones, this Chili-Rub pork recipe from Martha Stewart is lovely. Ours looked like this. Bad lighting, but good, good food. melanie

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Last thing I made was a person

I’m feeling the need for a little creative project. I’ve been in survival mode – feed the family and myself, make sure all are alive at the end of the day and have clean clothes to wear the next, work, sleep if possible, shower if the gods are looking favourably upon me. That’s it. Maybe a little bit of housekeeping but not enough for it to be a category (ick!)… But I feel like making something just for the H E Double Hockey Stick (hell) of it. Who knows? It’s almost September. Maybe this can be my Christmas craft. With…

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