New Food Allergies: Corn and Tomato Leave the Estate

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Just when you think you have this whole diet thing under control for your kids-they develop new food allergies!  Monkey can no longer tolerate corn.  Of course, we buy "good corn" (I'm sure my paleo readers will battle with this one)-organic and non-GMO.  I will not get into detail of the hell we have been through the past two weeks, but it's … [Read more...]

Gluten-Free Granola Bar Bites Recipe

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So, the other day at the grocery, I spied a box of, gasp, gluten-free granola bars.  Seriously, I remember 4 years ago, going to grocery stores and crying because I couldn't buy the easy things of motherhood like goldfish and cherrios, but now GF goodies abound.  Albeit, still with many strange ingredients, but at least there's options … [Read more...]

Disney’s Frozen, Autism, and Letting it Go…

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Last week, after I picked Monkey up from preschool, I took him on a date to see Disney's Frozen. Even packed a lunch to eat in the minivan. In ten degree weather. In Chicago, we get desperate this time of year, so it's my version of a polar vortex picnic. I think I cried nearly the entire movie. Well about, 75% of it. See, I haven't cried … [Read more...]

How to Save Big at Target (with $1,000 Giveaway!)

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I've declared 2014 the year that I will pay off all my debt.  So, I'm on the hunt to save as much money as possible on the essentials.  A few months ago, my cousin recommended the beta version of Target's new Cartwheel app.  This app is my secret weapon to making the most of my money at Target. Basically, the Cartwheel app is downloadable … [Read more...]

the autism marathon: a letter to a new autism parent

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There's nothing more in this world, that I want right now, to hoist you on my shoulders and carry you to the finish line.  Nothing more in this world.  I know the pain, the anguish, the worry, the late nights spent on google, I know it all. It's an ugly, raw, and shitty place to be.  You are in the sewers of parenthood, looking up at all your … [Read more...]

Gluten-Free Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese Recipe

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It's winter. Comfort food takes precedence, right?  Now that we've added grass-fed dairy back into our diets (can I get an Amen?), I've reintroduced my kids to some family favorites.  I grew up on the boxed powdered stuff.  Homemade mac and cheese is heaven in comparison.  I dreamed up this recipe, because frankly, butternut squash is the right … [Read more...]

10,000 Steps a Day: A Solution for Gym Haters

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I have a confession to make.  I hate "working out".  I really hate "the gym"- which is ironic that I am married to a man who lives at the gym.  I am amazed by people who have energy to run marathons and play sports.  I did whatever I could, even as far back as elementary school, to get out of gym class.  Sports, meh, not my thing.   I've … [Read more...]

How to Go Gluten-Free

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I've been gluten-free for four years.  I can't believe something I had to do on the advice of my doctor is now a "trend".  I'm rather grateful that it's more popular now, because believe you me, I've eaten some rather nasty things in the past four years.  What was once a small section at Whole Paycheck or a health food store, is now an entire … [Read more...]

Books I’m Reading in 2014

We are seven days into the new year, and already, I've read three books!  I should qualify this with three books that aren't related to health, autism, and special needs. I've always been a bookworm, a bibliophile.  My house is full with thousands of books.  Yes, thousands. This year, I'm taking more time to read. In years past, I've taken … [Read more...]

Chicago Takes Hollywood: An Indie Filmmaker Dreams Big

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I met my best friend Anna in Algebra class during my freshman year of high school now, 20 years ago.  Over those years we've grown from insecure poetry-writing teens into women with ambition and dreams. Her dream: filmmaking. For nearly the past decade, she's worked on incredible films with the Ad Hominem production company in Los … [Read more...]