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How to Create an Autism Visual Schedule

Years ago, when my youngest was diagnosed with autism, we were inundated with therapies, appointments and special day school classes. At a time when he didn’t deal well with transitions, changes and adjustments, we were suddenly drug into exactly those things, and we had to find a way to deal..and when he couldn’t deal, we […]

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Getting Ready for Summer Heat and Fitness With Dove Advanced Care!

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Dove. I received a product sample and promotional item to thank me for my participation. This means that in the coming week, I’ll be testing out Dove Advanced Care Anti-Perspirant/Deodorant. Perfect timing! I live in California and I run: two really good reasons […]

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Del Real’s Al Pastor Taco Kit and Party Box Giveaway

I’m busy, like everyone else. Work. My business. My kids. Husband. The dogs. Blog. The turtle. (I felt bad leaving him out, though he’s pretty low-maintenance.) Throw in fitness, some certification programs I’m in as well as ongoing ed, cupcake experimentation and all the regular household chores and errands, and there are nights I’m lucky […]

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Easy Pillsbury Crescent Roll Snack Recipe!

Chocolate. Did that get your attention? I like to make something most afternoons for Little Dude to eat when he comes home from school. He typically sits down at the table right away to do his homework, so he gets it out of the way, and I put the snack there with a glass of […]

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Win a Your Date With Fitness Package from Natural Delights™!

Next month, my oldest daughter is getting married. I’ve already got my dress — flowy but casual dress that hits just above my knee in a gorgeous wisteria. When I spin, it spins, and I love it. It still shows some ‘jiggle’ though. Fitness is important to me, so I frequently run, do yoga and […]

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April is Autism Awareness Month: Our Autism Story

December 9, 2004. That was “A Day,” the day we were given the official diagnosis of autism for my youngest son. Two days after he turned four years old. In honor of Autism Awareness Month, here’s our story. We’d been told back in August of that year that he was likely on the spectrum, but […]


Knott’s Boysenberry Festival is Back Again for Its Third Year!

Two weeks ago, I was invited to attend the media tasting event for Knott’s Boysenberry Festival 2015, which runs from March 28 through April 12. It was my first festival, as I’d been living outside of California for a few years, but I’ve always been a freak for boysenberry funnel cakes so I knew I’d […]

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My Visit to San Diego for #SMMW15

Last week, I picked up my rental car from Fox locally in Ontario, a zippy little 2015 Sentra with less than 1000 miles on it, threw my inordinately large suitcase into the trunk, tossed my cell phone onto the passenger seat and headed down the 15 freeway with San Diego as my final destination. I […]

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Spiral Light Candles and My Yoga Space

Peace. Tranquility. Rejuvenation. Relaxation. Zen. These are all things I seek to achieve when I’m practicing yoga. And I love the use of the word practice, as there will always be room for improvement, more flexibility and additional poses. Yoga is an under-appreciated form of exercise that will get you toned and have you working […]