Special & Determined | A Special Needs Mom Blog

Loving life and all it's special challenges, giving a window into the beautiful world of Down syndrome

Special & Determined | A Special Needs Mom Blog - Loving life and all it's special challenges, giving a window into the beautiful world of Down syndrome

How To Do Disney For Both Business and Pleasure During Springbreak – Part 1

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This year we spent Springbreak in Orlando, FL.  There was a blogging conference, Type A Parent that I had heard such wonderful things about and almost every blogger I know goes to it, that I wanted to attend.  They had the Type A Parent Bootcamp which takes place prior to the big conference in Atlanta in September the same time as our Springbreak in Orlando, so it worked out perfectly.  We could enjoy Disney both for business and for a family vacation.  Plus we wanted to take a look at Marriott Vacation Club property to see if we wanted to become owners. Continue reading

A Superhero Birthday For Our “Superhero!”

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It’s amazing that it will be 8 years since I gave birth to this amazing little guy.  It’s been a whirlwind of ups and downs, but he truly is our Superhero!

He shows us everyday how intelligent, funny and loving he really is.  He has filled our hearts with so much joy and love.  As I have said in the past he has such a magnetic personality, you see it with everyone he comes in contact with.
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When We Allow Their Light To Shine, A Movement Is Created

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What does the quote “Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder” mean?

Answer from Ask.com: The phrase beauty is in the eye of the beholder typically means that someone can be beautiful based on the person that is seeing it. It means that each person sees beauty in a different fashion.

For me it means “equality, inclusion“.  For me it means everyone has the right to be equally included and represented in the advertising world. Continue reading

Air Lite Donut Floor Sitter from Fun and Function Product Review

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Does your child have low tone or issues with fidgeting?  I know my son does, which reeks havoc on him staying on task and getting his work done.

So when I was contacted by the wonderful people at Fun and Function to do a product review for them on the Air Lite Donut Floor Sitter I jumped at the opportunity.  Not only do I love this company, as I have purchased from them in the past, but this looked like such a wonderful product I couldn’t wait to see how my son did with it. Continue reading

“Special” A Poem Written By A Mom For Her Special Needs Son

pregnant belly 300x199 Special A Poem Written By A Mom For Her Special Needs Son When you start thinking about becoming a Mom; the first things that pop into your mind is whether you will have a boy or a girl, what will the name be and what they will be when they grow up.

You don’t stop to think will he/she have special needs! Down Syndrome!

So when you are given that diagnosis, you feel that your whole world has shattered!  sa women Special A Poem Written By A Mom For Her Special Needs Son You are scared!  You feel alone.  The room is silent and all you are wondering is “What does all that mean?”  “What does it mean when they say my baby has an extra chromosome?” Continue reading

#GIVEAWAY Enter To Win Signed Copy Of “Jacob’s Journal – My Journey Home”

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Jacob’s Journal – My Journey Home

In recognition of it being Down Syndrome Awareness Month, I wanted to do a giveaway of my book “Jacob’s Journal – My Journey Home”.

“Jacob’s Journal – My Journey Home” is written by a mother of a child diagnosed with Down syndrome.

The story is unique in the way it was written as the mother chose to tell the story as if it was her son telling it.  After all it is his story, his journey!

Travel with this family on their emotional roller-coaster ride from Jacob’s birth, through his first surgery, to the first couple of months when he got home from the hospital.

Enter to win an autographed book of this incredible story about love, family, courage and faith.
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The Magic Of #BloggyCon13

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So I bet you are wondering why did I title this post “The Magic of #BloggyCon13″, it’s not because we were in Disney World although that wouldn’t have been bad.  I’m referring to the magic of networking, friendships and learning that took place at this conference.

This was my second time attending BloggyCon and this one took on a little different format then last year, because we were able to bring our families.  It was great because my family was able to experience the wonderful park at Cedar Point.  Although we aren’t big roller coaster people it was more for son.  He had a blast at Castaway Bay (water park) and  Jacob in Castaway Bay 225x300 The Magic Of #BloggyCon13
on the rides.
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Today is National School Backpack Awareness Day!

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Picking the Right Backpack for Your Teen

This is my little guy on his first day of 1st Grade this year.  We purchased this backpack from The Children’s Place.  It fits him pretty comfortably.  Now mind you his backpack doesn’t carry the amount of books that teenagers carry, but it still can get pretty heavy for him.  So having a good backpack is key to their back health.

I also know that school has started and all of your children have their backpacks, but today is National School Backpack Awareness Day, and we want to make sure that your child is wearing their backpacks correctly.

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