Friday, September 8, 2017

Hickies No-Tie Laces

Hate tying your kids' shoes everyday before they step out of the house? Hate stopping to tie your own shoes mid-run? HICKIES products turn any pair of sneakers into convenient, comfortable, and stylish slip-ons that are perfect for any activity from recess play to Mom and Dad's triathlons.

As a mom of special needs kids I definitely see a huge perk to Hickies, my boys simply struggle with tying and these take away the anger and frustrations of them wanting to put their shoes on unassisted. 


Works in any shoe with eyelets.

One size fits all.

Elastic material keeps shoes secure and comfortable.

Never tie again! Play uninterrupted.

Fun look, without messy knots and bows.

Adjustable tightness.

Quick and easy - simply slip on and off.

Never tie, never worry. @Hickies Never Tie Laces on 25% off w/ code USFAM now thru Sept. 20th! .@

Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Freeloader- Toddler Carrier (with 10% off code)

The Freeloader is the First Child Carrier Built Specifically for Toddlers! It is a new, better child carrier. Compact, lightweight and portable, the Freeloader child carrier uses advanced materials and design to create a better experience for parents who love spending time with their kids. Whether you are traveling by air, going to the zoo, or hiking with your little ones, the Freeloader is ready to help carry the load. When not in use, the Freeloader's integrated aluminum seat folds up neatly to the size of a daypack. The Freeloader is a perfect fit for parents that want a lighter, more versatile carrier. The Freeloader features an easy-to-use, 5-point safety harness. The safety harness is specially designed to fasten securely and safely out-of-reach of your child.
The Freeloader provides wide, ergonomic shoulder and waist straps to evenly distribute your child's weight to your hips and core. The contoured shoulder straps are adjustable and provide extra padding for comfort and support. Padding in the back panel and seat offers extended comfort for your child.

The Freeloader is small enough to carry-on and stows away neatly, making it perfect for air travel, road trips and more! See more at and find Freeloader on facebook at

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Fishing, Swimming, and Summer Fun

This Summer has been a different kind of adventure for us, previously the boys would go to summer school and I would do things with them on the weekends, we are going out a lot more this year and having lots of small outings.

One of our new favorite places to go is a lake that our friend has access to, it is really nice and calm since it is gated and you have to know someone to be able to get in. This allowed me to work on teaching my boys to swim and amazingly Aedan is overcoming his fear of water pretty quickly.

Last time we visited the lake the kids caught some fish by using a butterfly net and a hot dog, it was pretty funny to watch. Now they want to learn to fish for real and they are going to get the chance pretty soon.

Today we realized that our cheapie kid fishing poles were not working for us and we lost three lures in the rocky lake bottom. There will be some shopping and gear collecting so we can do it up right and get them the real fishing experience.
Even Freya go in on the fun at the lake, she tried to catch fish in her net but was unsuccessful. She had a blast just playing in the sand with her friend and brothers.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Book Review: The Marriage Pact

The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond will be available July 25, 2017. 

Marriage is forever, right? What would you do if you were gifted "the pact" as a wedding present and asked to sign and contract to follow the rules of a mysterious group that claims to have zero divorces among all the members? Alice and Jake do just that, but as they bend and break the rules of "the pact" they begin to see just how serious the group takes their infractions. Can their marriage survive? Can Jake and Alice survive?

I loved this book, I am not usually drawn to this type of story but once I got two pages in I just had to know how it ended. There were many twists and turns that made me wonder exactly how the whole plot would come together in the end. I was not disappointed but I was quite surprised.

I have already recommended this book to a few friends, and I think it has moved into that rare pile of books that I would actually reread.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Summer Vacation

It's that time again! School is out as of yesterday and we are ready for some summer fun. This year is going to be a little different since in the past the kids have done summer school, I made the decision to keep them out so we could hopefully take a longer trip in July. We have a few options on the table and I have a lot of thinking to do on the matter still.

So how are those kids?
Aedan won most artistic in his second grade class, and drew a killer pic of Rick and Morty on his award.

Avery graduated from kindergarten, and misses his teacher already.

Freya turned two and is talking so much now, she is such a bright girl.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

First Practice

Here's the deal, Aedan is now 8, he was recently officially diagnosed with Autism, ADHD, and you can add that to his previous diagnoses of Sensory Processing Disorder and Generalized Anxiety. With all of this on our plates and two other kids with their own quirks OF COURSE I decided to let this be the year that Aedan can finally join a sport.

Soccer. Yes, Aedan begged me to do soccer and I finally gave in, so I laid down the money hoping we would at least make it to a practice, maybe even a game, but willing myself to be accepting if it doesn't work out. I don't know if you are aware of this or not but it takes sometimes an hour or more of pep talking to get Aedan to do something new, and that is IF HE WANTS TO DO IT.

I love my first born, he is amazing, but I know how hard it can be to get him to do things that scare him, and I knew this would be scary. After weeks of not having a coach and days ticking down to the first practice I began to wonder if it was even going to happen. Part of me was hoping the whole thing would be called off, but the wiser and more loving part of me knew that this was something that we had to do, we really had to try this.

Tuesday was the first practice. I spent all morning pep talking Aedan, cheering him on and preparing him. He was nervous, he flipped between being excited to go and not wanting to go at all. He wore his shin guards and soccer socks almost the whole day for a practice that didn't start until 6pm.

The entire time I was prepping him for how amazing he would (hopefully) do I was on the verge of a nervous breakdown, I worried about how the coach would handle him, how the other kids would handle him, and prayed that no parent would be rude enough to comment about a special needs kid being on their team, because frankly I did not want an assault charge. I am mama bear, hear me roar.

Practice time came and we were there early, it took me three minutes to talk Aedan out of the car and we walked to the field to get his jersey. When the coach showed up he was very nice and a few other kids showed up, only 6 of the 8 kids ended up being present for practice, and then they jumped into the basics.
Aedan was an eager beaver, he jumped right in and ran his lap, talked with the other kids and even the coach, and followed directions amazingly. For 50 minutes of the hour he did everything that was asked of him until a small hiccup.

The coach rolled a ball toward the goal and had each kid run up to kick it in, unfortunately Aedan is not the swiftest runner and could not catch the ball before it rolled into the goal. Anger. He stepped off the field, he was mad and I could tell it from a mile away. I walked up and talked to him and he said "soccer is stupid," "I am done," and "I hate these people" but after I spoke with him for a few more minutes he started to calm down, he still said he was done and didn't want to come back, but when the coach switched to letting the kids kick a ball up on their own to kick into the goal Aedan joined back in. He didn't run the last lap or huddle up with his team but joining back in for a little while was a huge accomplishment.

At the end of practice the coach praised Aedan despite his refusal to look at him while he did so, and once we got in the car he was contemplating going to the next practice. By the time we got home he had decided that he was trying again next Tuesday, and we will see how it goes, but in my eyes it was a huge success.