Four-year-old autism wins 

The best thing about having an autistic kid is that they have such different goals and milestones than a normal child. It used to bother me when I saw kids his age doing things that he could not do, but now I see things so differently. I am so proud of this boy and how unique he is.

Over the past year, he has made so much progress. I can’t put together in words all of the things that he has done.  I can tell you that there has been so much growth just in the past four to six months. I am so happy whenever I see improvement. 

  1. I love that he makes new noises and tries so hard. He is the hardest working person ever, he gets that from me for sure. He has made new noises such as ‘up’ ‘uh oh’ ‘ah’ ‘oh’ ‘pppp’ and a few other ones. Every time we work on a new noise you can see how hard he tries and how happy he gets when I praise him. 
  2. I love that he shakes his head yes or no. It is the cutest thing ever. We have had to work with him to communicate non verbally for so long that simple things like this can make a difference. It is great to have him understand so that we can communicate quickly and efficiently ie; if he hurts himself, if he’s hungry, etc. 
  3. I love that he likes to clean up now. He literally will make messes just to clean them up, he is something else. I think it is super cute though because he knows how to clean up and does it so well. He gets so happy when he realizes what he has done. 
  4. I love how he notices when something is slightly off or different. If I move the trampoline from the inside to somewhere else he will see the little marks it left in the carpet and he will try to cover them up. If there is a crumb on the floor, he will pick it up and put it in the trash. If I have ANYTHING new on the table or countertops etc he will point to it immediately. His attention to detail is out of this world. 
  5. I love how he can play so well independently as well as with others. It has been so great to see both versions of this. I like that he is so independent but also when others around him can play with them as well. It is still a work in progress to help him understand the word share. 

These are such fun little things that he has done shortly in time. It amazes me to see how he can change in such a short amount of time. Autism has been such a blessing and a joy to see from a mother’s perspective. 

 

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How Music Has Helped My Autistic Son. 

Every day is a challenge with an autistic son but there is so much good to it as well. I have enjoyed seeing so much change and growth in my son over the past few months. It is so interesting to just sit and watch how he observes and plays with things.  I often find myself just memorized. Sometimes I often do think about what life would be like if he was ‘normal.’ What would it be like.. But then I stop myself because I can’t think like that. 

He is who he is and nothing can change that! 

Lately, he has been all about dancing and humming. He hears it or sees it in a movie and wants to do it. It is so interesting, he will watch it and then imitate it all the time! He knows when a song or music is going to start and then hums to it.  I LOVE it. He is showing his true happiness and love for new things. 

But then there is a side of me that is slightly upset because he wants to sing along to the songs,  but can’t. It is the cutest thing ever to see him get so excited and hum right on cue. I often wonder what goes on in his head and what he is thinking that he wishes he could communicate with others. I feel like music is such a great way for him to communicate. 

Whenever I sing a song that he likes he immediately lits up and does the humming or dance that goes with it. I want to continue to grow and work with him on his music, it has been so amazing to see this new side of him. I am looking forward to seeing him continue this excitement and growth. 

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Kids Winter Boots

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It’s getting colder out now, and my son needs new boots for the season. I love being able to have so many great options. It is the best time to get boots right at the beginning of the season, before they get sold out. I put together a list of my favorite kids winter boots, for both boys and girls.

    1. Hawkwell Kids Classic Ankle Boot(Toddler/Little Kid) Can we talk about how adorable these are? I love how they are so supportive for little girls; it is hard to find boots like this.
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    2. Nautica Kids Horizon Sneaker-Lace Up Fashion Shoe- Boot Like High Top (Little Kid/Big Kid) High top sneaker and boots are always great for kids so that they can have support for their walking. These are super adorable for little boys too.
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    3. dELiAs Girls’ Cat Winter Boots with Shimmery Leopard Print (Toddler/Little Girl/Big Girl) If your little girl loves some fun and stylish boots, then these are perfect for her!
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  1. TZJS Kids’ Hiking Boots for Boys Girls, Waterproof Outdoor Ankle Boots with Hook and Loop I love that these are waterproof, when the winter months are here rain and ice it’s important to have something sturdy for that winter.
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  2. SPERRY Kids’ Saltwater Boot Sneaker These are super sturdy and are also waterproof. You can see that these boots are so supportive and have some great bottoms.
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  3. TZJS Kids’ Hiking Boots for Boys Girls, Waterproof Outdoor Ankle Boots with Hook and Loop These are so supportive for little kids feet.
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The Best Easter Outfits

Easter is such a fun time for everyone. I still get chocolate to this day, and if I am lucky an Easter basket. The best part for me is always the outfits. Growing up I LOVED dressing up on Easter. I look back now and see these horrible horrible outfits… BUT I know that I can dress my son how I want to, since he is still young.. and I can get away with it. It is true!

I am a simple kind of gal, I don’t need anything too fancy, but I do love a good style. Did you know that The Children’s Place has pick up in store options.. You can order right online and pick it up there? How fun is that..

Little Girl Easter Outfits 

  1. Toddler Girls Sleeveless 3D Floral Belted Knit To Woven Dress
  2. Baby And Toddler Girls Short Sleeve Floral Print Knit Bow Back Dress
  3. Toddler Girls Sleeveless Floral Lace Woven Dress
  4. Baby And Toddler Girls Sleeveless Floral Lace Woven Dress
  5. Toddler Girls Sleeveless Metallic Striped Knit To Woven Dress


Little Boy Easter Outfits

  1. Baby And Toddler Boys Uniform Long Sleeve Oxford Button Down Shirt
  2. Boys Short Sleeve Striped Oxford Button Down Shirt
  3. Boys Short Sleeve Plaid Poplin Button Down Shirt
  4. Boys Short Sleeve Striped Jersey Polo

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Holiday Gifts For Kids Under $30

I like to get practical and fun gifts for kids. I have always been a fan of just practical gifts where kids can learn and explore. I put together practical gifts for you at frugal prices. I hope you can enjoy these great gift ideas.

Here are holiday gifts for kids under $30.

Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Sweet Manners Tea Set 
Pinkies up! Tea time is extra sweet with the Laugh & Learn Sweet Manners Tea Set and its magical, light-up teapot. As toddlers “pour” out their tea, the spout lights up and plays fun songs, sounds, and more! Press the tea bag button for even more fun songs and lights! And with two tea cups, a sugar bowl, and a tray full of puzzle-play “treats”, this adorable tea set is perfect for sharing a spot of play with a friend—introducing your tiny diner to manners. Plus, the tea set includes three Smart Stages levels with different songs, sounds and phrases, so the learning fun can keep going as your child keeps growing!

PJ Masks Deluxe Figure Set  This PJ Masks action figure will provide children aged 3 years and up with endless entertainment.

LEGO DUPLO Disney Minnie Mouse’s Birthday Party 10873 Little Disney fans will love to help Minnie Mouse celebrate in style with LEGO DUPLO 10873 Minnie’s Birthday Party! Play with them as they drive Minnie in her cute pink car to the party venue, where Figaro the cat is waiting to get the party started. This LEGO DUPLO set is perfect for endless role-play with a birthday celebration theme, and comes with a giant buildable birthday cake plus 2 bricks decorated as presents. Includes a LEGO DUPLO figure: Minnie Mouse, plus a cat figure.
VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Press and Race Monster Truck Rally Sunday, Sunday, Sunday! It’s time for the monster truck rally show with the Go! Go! Smart Wheels® Press & Race™ Monster Truck Rally™ by VTech®. Race and jump with Mark, the Press & Race™ monster truck, around the rally tracks and off the launch pads while listening to him play fun phrases, sounds and melodies. Then, have a jump competition by launching off the stunt ramp to encourage creative play and discover cause and effect.

Kinetic Sand – Beach Sand Kingdom Playset with 3lbs of Beach Sand, Build amazing sandcastles anywhere with the Kinetic Sand Beach Sand Kingdom! The Beach Sand Kingdom playset includes 3lbs of Kinetic Beach Sand and everything you need to build real sandcastles! Different from the smooth feel of classic Kinetic Sand, Kinetic Beach Sand is made with larger grains of natural sand and feels just like wet beach sand!

My Little Pony Styling Head –  Pinkie Sea Caution is recommended when purchasing this styling head because it includes small parts
Clean this styling head with a damp cloth when dirty
Great for ages 3 years and up
Practice makes perfect and with this styling head from My Little Pony, hairdressers aged 3 years and up can master new techniques.
VTech KidiBeats Drum Set  Your child can rock out and learn with the VTech KidiBeats Drum Set! This drum set for kids comes with a pair of drumsticks that can be used to tap the four different electronic learning drums. Your child can drum freestyle or play along to nine pre-set melodies in a variety of musical styles. Or for more structured play, they can follow the lights on the drums as they learn about letters and numbers. With four ways to play and a variety of fun sounds, your child will love learning to the music with this educational toy!

LeapFrog Tad’s Fridge Phonics Help your baby learn the alphabet and develop word skills with the LeapFrog Tad’s Fridge Phonics Magnetic Letter Set. Plug letters into the base to read out letters or change levels to teach phonics and word skills. These colorful magnets will catch your little one’s attention and as they play and learn, developing their fine motor skills as they learn to fit the letters into the slot in the base.

Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Light-up Learning Vacuum  Clean up time has never been more fun! When your toddler pushes the vacuum along, bright lights and learning songs and phrases will introduce colors, counting, and more. Flip the “power” switch up and actual vacuum sounds let your tiny helper really get into the role play fun!

Melissa & Doug® Match and Roll Shape Sorter – Classic Wooden Toy  This brightly colored wooden shape sorter is an exciting update on a classic toy! Toddlers can drop the dozen-plus vibrant wooden shapes–including a triangle, octagon, star, rectangle, square, trapezoid, hexagon–through the color-matched holes, then roll the drum along, open the lid, and start all over again. An early-learning powerhouse that encourages color and shape recognition, manual dexterity, and more!

Disney Princess Cinderella 14″ Doll For every girl who dreams big, there’s a Princess to show her it’s possible.
In a spectacular story inspired gown and tiara from her Fairy Godmother, Disney Princess Cinderella wishes to go to the ball. Join the story as she dashes home before midnight!

B. toys Beautifloor Alphabet Foam Tiles – 26pc  Brighten up any room in your home and make it more comfortable for wobbly little ones with the Beautifloor Alphabet Floor Mat from B. toys. Interlocking tiles are nice and thick, making even hardwood floors more comfortable if your little one happens to fall as they’re learning to walk. For even more fun, each letter pops out for plenty of learning adventures. A comfy place for all your pals, including A, B and C.

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The Cutest Toddler Boy Outfits

I love being able to find adorable boy outfits. I don’t know about you but if you have boys, I feel like I can’t ever find enough outfits.. that are cute and affordable. So here are some my favorite picks that I know any boy mom will love.

Here are some toddler boy outfits:

Toddler Boys’ Quilted Long Sleeve Button-Down Shirt – Cat & Jack™ Gray

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Afton Street Toddler Boys’ Short Sleeve Henley T-Shirt – Green

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Toddler Boys’ Long Sleeve Button-Down Shirt – Cat & Jack™ Blue/White

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Genuine Kids® from Oshkosh Toddler Boys’ Plaid Long Sleeve Button-Down Shirt – Blue

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Toddler Boys’ Long Sleeve Henley with Pocket – Cat & Jack™ Turquoise

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Holiday Books For Kids under $20

I really love practical gifts and purchasing items that we can use later… I can’t tell you how many times we have gotten gifts and never use them. Sigh, it’s true. That is why I love books, we can use books forever. They are practical and we really enjoy having them.

  • Llama Llama Jingle Bells  With short and simple rhyming text, the Llama Llama board books introduce Llama Llama to babies and toddlers before they’re ready for longer full-length stories. And their small size and durable pages are perfect for little hands.

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  • Llama Llama Gives Thanks  In Llama Llama Gives Thanks, it’s Thanksgiving time for Llama Llama and his family! That means yummy foods and autumn leaves and being thankful for everything from pumpkin pies to blue skies. Thanksgiving may only come once year, but in Llama’s family, giving thanks is always here!

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  • Christmas Toddler Coloring Book: Christmas Coloring Book for Children, Ages 1-3, Ages 2-4,  Cute Christmas Coloring Book for Toddler Boys and Girls! Help your little ones celebrate the holidays with this big coloring book that is perfect for little hands. Easy to color designs help to build fine-motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Adorable designs including snowmen, elves, Christmas trees, Santa Claus, angels, presents, toys, stockings, and more! Features: Large 8 1/2 x 11 inch pages Printed on high-quality, pure white paper Printed single-side for no bleed through, easy-to-remove pages Simple yet holiday cute designs for kids to color

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Christmas Color by Number for Kids: Christmas Coloring Activity Book for Kids: A Childrens Holiday Coloring Book with Large Pages  Help reinforce your young child’s learning by challenging them to color-by-number. This activity book combines the fun of coloring with the exciting challenge of coloring in the right spaces. It may be difficult at first, but by the end, your child will be much more adept with coloring!

How to Catch an Elf  “With delightful rhymes, How to Catch an Elf slots itself into place along such classics as “The Night Before Christmas.”―Foreword Reviews You’ve been waiting all year long, and now it’s finally Christmas Eve! Is this the year you’ll finally catch an elf? Start a new Christmas tradition with this hilarious children’s book from the creators of the New York Times best-seller How to Catch a Leprechaun!

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Elfie the Elf Granny has a bedtime story that her grandkids will never forget. When a little girl befriends an Elf in the north pole, the two learn about friendship, standing up for each other, and achieving your dreams. With a cast of characters including reindeer, elves, and Santa himself, Granny’s story seems larger than life. But is it?

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Sesame Street Elmo Holiday Board Book Set For Kids Toddlers  Set of 3 Sesame Street Elmo Christmas board books for kids and toddlers. Featuring Elmo in “Snowy Day”, “Elmo’s Night Before Christmas” and “C Is For Celebrate.”

 

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Best Sensory Toys for Kids with Sensory Processing Issues and Autism

Sensory toys are toys that provide the particular sensory input that many children with autism crave. Whether it is visual or tactile, the toys have the power to capture our kids’ attention, making the right sensory toy a powerful reinforcer (reward) in applied behavioral analysis (ABA) programs.

Does your child with autism have issues with sensory input? Perhaps he/she would benefit from sensory-based intervention tools such as sensory toys. Take a look at some of the top sensory toys for autism recommended by many occupational therapists to include fidget spinners, hand toys, chew toys, cubes, and sensory rings for children with autism.

Here are the top sensory items:

  1. JVIGUE Sensory Toys Set- 15 Pack Stress Relief Hand Fidget Toys for Kids and Adults, Sensory Therapy Toys for ADHD Autism Stress Anxiety 
    FIDGET TOYS VALUE PACK: Total 15 Pack of Fidget Toys,2xSqueeze Soybean Fidget Toys;2x Silver finger Massage Rings;2x Gold finger Massage Rings;1x Squeeze Grape Ball;3x Mesh And Marble Sensory Toy;2x Fidget Stretchy String;1x World Map Foam Balls;1x Monkey Stringy Balls;1 Pack Large Water Beads.
  2. Bapon Fidget Bag – Includes 14 Bundle Sensory Toys – Relieves Stress, Anxiety, Anti-Depression and Increases Focu 14-PIECE FIDGET SET. Providing tactile, visual and auditory stimulation, this set includes an 8-inch rain maker. three stretchy strings, three fuzzy poms, a bubble glass, a green bean and five water ball bottles, all stored inside a reusable drawstring bag.
  3. SpringFly 030 12 Pack Bundle Sensory Fidget Cube/Bike Chain/Liquid Motion Timer/Rainbow Magic Ball/Mesh and Marble Toy/Soybeans Squeeze Grape  Liquid Motion Timer Bubbler Is a Perfect Fidget Toy For Calming The Brain Down. The Descending Bubbles And The Mix Of Two Soft Colored Bubbles Have A Soothing And Mesmerizing Effect That Will Keep Kids Entertained For Hours and Helps Improve Visual Tracking Skills. It’S Great For Kids With ADHD, Autism, Emotional Disturbances, And Any Kid Who Has A Meltdown!
  4. National Geographic Play Sand – 2 LBS of Sand with Castle Molds and Tray (Blue) – A Kinetic Sensory Activity  SENSORY SAND – This sand is kinetic, so it sticks only to itself and not to you! This perpetually “wet” sand is perfect to mold, shape, and squeeze
  5. YoYa Toys Pull, Stretch & Squeeze Stress Balls by 3 Pack – Elastic Construction Sensory Balls – Ideal For Stress & Anxiety Relief, Special Needs, Autism, Disorders & More PREMIUM PULL & STRETCH BALL SET: If you are looking for great and effective ways to reduce stress and at the same time have some fun, then we got you covered. We proudly present you the best squeeze ball set that will become your favorite companion from this day on and will allow you to play around no matter where you are, no matter what you are doing.
  6. Sensory Ring and Fidget Toy | Soft, Flexible Ring and Rubber Spikes | Helps Reduce Stress and Anxiety| Promotes Focus and Clarity | Children, Youth, Adults Sensory Toys  SENSORY STIMULATION TO REDUCE STRESS–Offering a tactile feel that helps reduce stress and anxiety, these handheld stress-relief toys provide tactile stimulation to reduce a racing mind so you can keep restless hands busy.
Sensory toys are toys that provide the particular sensory input that many children with autism crave. Whether it is visual or tactile, the toys have the power to capture our kids' attention, making the right sensory toy a powerful reinforcer (reward) in applied behavioral analysis (ABA) programs.
Sensory toys are toys that provide the particular sensory input that many children with autism crave. Whether it is visual or tactile, the toys have the power to capture our kids’ attention, making the right sensory toy a powerful reinforcer (reward) in applied behavioral analysis (ABA) programs.

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Adorable Toddler Fashion For Boys and Girls

I love dressing up my son, there are always such fun and adorable outfits. I love the rustic cute look! I am especially loving the blue and white sweater top, it always makes my son stand out more (and even make him look older!)

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GIRLS Toddler Fashion

I of course couldn’t forget the little girls. Even though I do not have a little girl, I wanted to share these adorable outfits!

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which ones are your favorite outfits? Let us know in the comments!

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Frugal Toddler Boy Fall Tops

There’s something about toddler fashion that is just so fun. I love getting my son new clothes whenever possible, even though my bank account doesn’t always love it.. That’s why whenever I see frugal finds, I stock up.. Because I love styling my boy up!

Here are my top toddler boy fall picks:

Frugal Toddler Boy Fall Tops

 

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