Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Artfully Beautiful

Boog never ceases to amaze me. I know that is a phrase used often, but I mean every word of it. Out of the blue he often does something that just about knocks me back. He did such a thing two nights ago.

Boog does a lot of really fun/creative/beautiful artwork at school. The more his fine motor skills improve, the more detailed it is. I’m one of those moms that just can’t throw any of it away and I have a lot of it stored in a couple boxes.

Tip: Share your child’s artwork with family to have the following benefits:

1. That family member gets to enjoy the art
2. It allows others to see the progress being made by seeing the details increase over time
3. It cuts down of the ton of artwork you can’t bare to throw away
***4. Your child will see that other family members are proud of their work - a huge confidence builder

I put stars by number four because of what happened the other night. All of the prepping for the next day had been done and we were all on the couch relaxing before bedtime. I have probably more than ten of those relatively new coloring books for adults and none have been used. I finally got a set of some great markers and have been coloring a bit.

While coloring a really pretty and intricate picture of a cat, I saw Boog leaning over to see what I was doing. I showed him that I was coloring and he studied the page. I offered him a marker to see if maybe he wanted to color. That surprised me because prefers to do his artwork at school or with his Nana.

Instead of reaching for the marker, he reached for the picture. I handed it to him and he got up.

On the wall in the living room I made one of those popular “Look What I Did” things that allows you to showcase recent work and then switch it up whenever you want. I didn’t think Boog had ever paid much attention to it in honesty.

So he got up, my picture in hand, and walked over to where I display his artwork. He held the picture under it on the wall and looked at me. I could have cried! I quickly got some tape to hold it on the wall where he wanted it, right under his artwork. It may seem like a small gesture, but in our world it means so much like:

He knew I put his artwork on the wall
He knew I put it there because I liked it (confidence builder)
He knew what I was doing was also “art”
He wanted Mommy to know that her art was good too

God bless this sweet angel. Sometimes I can’t believe I created a child so amazing.

His Daddy and I gave him so many hugs and kisses and I probably thanked him 20 times.

This is one of those cherished moments I don’t want to forget, so I had to post about it.

Feeling very, very grateful,
Boog’s Mommy

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Still More Oily Than Essential

Every time another mom tries to tell me that buying some damn essential oil will help my kid with Autism I want to shove a bottle of lemongrass up their @ss.

I also would like to shake them and ask them to find a dictionary and read the following definitions out loud for the whole class to hear:

1. “Pyramid Scheme”

2. “Placebo”

Never mind. It wouldn’t do any good 🙄

Before you try and “fix” your child with some liquid made God-knows-where, use your head. If it was that amazing don’t you think pediatricians would have been telling us this for years? If there were scientific proof any of this works I can promise you Pfizer would have been selling the pill form all day long.

Come on sheep, wake up. If you like your house to smell nice, by all means, use essential oils. I’ve used them for years for that reason, way before the hype. If you think rubbing it on your kids foot is magic, please email me ASAP. I have a really amazing deal on some gorgeous ocean-front property in Arizona.

Don’t believe me? No problem. Just read any of these:

FROM PARENTS MAGAZINE: Warning: Essential Oils Are Poisoning More and More Kids

FROM WOMAN’S DAY MAGAZINE: Experts Say Essential Oils Can Pose Dangerous Health Risks

New study finds essential oils could be bad for kids

When to NOT use essential oils (Essential oils can cause seizures in kids)

Warnings dōTERRA & Young Living Won’t Tell You

Essential Oil Claims – The Dangers Keep On Coming

Risks and Uses of Essential Oils

3 Reasons Essential Oils Could Hurt Your Family

Damning Evidence That Young Living and DoTERRA’s Essential Oils are Adulterated

Are DoTERRA Essential Oils a Scam?

As this is my blog, I can do what I want. I now choose to post essential oils memes because I like
them very much. This is also my opinion and I’m pretty sure I’m still allowed to have that.

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Just a Couple of Tricks to Help You Treat

Halloween. It happens to be my favorite holiday. For years my Mom and I spent hours decorating the porch and yard. One year my Mom actually hid in the bushes and jumped out after the kids got their candy, but that’s probably not a good idea these days. I feel like a personal injury attorney would show up about emotional distress, PTSD or something 🙄

Early October (usually September because  I get excited). I start looking for the sensory-friendly, Autism approved costume for this year. It’s not that difficult, there are just two main rules:

1. No costume with itchy fabric, tight collar, face makeup, necklace, etc.
2. No costume with a mask, crown, helmet, or anything that goes on the head.

Here are just a few costume ideas I have used in the past or thought of that may be a bit helpful. Note: I’m one of those gender-doesn’t-matter moms and I think kids should wear what they like. Seriously, we have enough stress with daily life. That’s why I have only one list for both boys and girls:

Costume Ideas
Star Wars (Jedi, etc.)
Knight, Queen, or any Royalty
Harry Potter or Sorcerer/Witch
Football player (or any sport)
Disney Prince/Princess

If your little trick or treater insists on a costume that includes a piece they will not wear, you can make up for the missing piece with a little creativity. I’ve found that parents of special needs children are strong when it comes to being creative. We can stop a meltdown with three toothpicks, a gum wrapper and some hand sanitizer. We’re basically MacGuyver.


Problem: Your son wants to dress up like Darth Vader but won’t wear a helmet and you’re not sure people will know what costume it is.

Solution: Take the helmet, turn it upside down, and hot glue on a handle. You can use some thick string or basically anything that will hold for a night. Now you have used the entire costume and everyone is happy 😉

Here are photos of some great costumes I found at the Halloween Costumes website that will hopefully give you some ideas:

The only limit here is your imagination. Have a Happy Halloween!!!
-Boog’s Mom that Refuses to Grow Up

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