Friday, September 12, 2014

Life, Animated - Book Review

A while back, we were watching The Daily Show and saw an interview with Ron Suskind. His son has autism and one of the ways he connected with him was through Disney movies. Listening to Ron talk about is son was like listening to tape. Piglet also didn't talk but could recite Disney movies like it was his job. Eventually, the Suskinds learn to communicate using Disney movie quotes. I decided to read the book, instantly hooked.

The book was a great read. It was from the perspective of the parents and how they dealt with schools, therapy, doctors , etc. When Piglet was diagnosed, there were so many appointments. Seeing so many people that asked the same questions over and over. It seemed so repetitive but really it's what he needed. Autism is still such a mystery, even to doctors. What works for one child may be completely wrong for another. Asking the same questions over and and over again help them get a better picture of your child's "flavor" of autism.

This book also gave me a lot of hope. Ron's son still has some issues but is now a highly functioning adult. While Piglet isn't very deep on the spectrum, it is still really great to read the success stories of other families who have a child with autism. I also would recommend others read it just to see what it's like living with autism.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Fall Crafts

Remember last week when I said I didn't like PSLs? I'm so glad that I was not alone in that. Thanks for all your support. ;)

I do; however, like fall and I have been crafting up a storm lately. I'm getting the house ready for the autumn season even if Hawaii won't act like it's fall anytime soon.

Burlap Wreath

First up, I made a burlap wreath. I love how it turned out. It's only my second wreath and it's my favorite. I also like the bow. The bow was tricky but I made it work.

Countdown to Halloween

This is like an advent calendar but for Halloween. I painted the pumpkin with some chalkboard paint so that you can right the days until Halloween on it. Handwriting with paint is always hard but I'd like to think I made it work.

Mini Canvas

These are my new obsession. I got these little 3x3 canvases and painted a couple spooky designs. I have a feeling that I will be painting more and more of these in the coming months. They even come with adorable little easel too!

Are you interested in any of these? Talk to me on Facebook and I'd be happy to design something for you!

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Chocolate Crisp Bars

Here's a twist on an old favorite. We had a bunch of marshmallows and some chocolate krispies that were not getting eaten even though Hubs promised he would eat them when we bought them.


Hubs mixed 40 marshmallows with 1/2 stick of butter and then combined everything with 6 cups of the cereal. The bonus? He mixed in some semi-sweet chocolate chips too!

They were super yummy and then, true to his word, Hubs ate (almost) all the cereal.

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Today Was a Good (Makeup) Day

Since landing a husband and having 2 kids, my makeup routine has been sort of...none existent? Sometimes, I wouldn't even wear makeup. I thought I was lucky if I showered. I have been working full time since April and I have worn makeup for that. Kind of.

Really, I was just wearing some BB cream and mascara. Since I had PRK a couple years back, eye makeup is bothersome and I really only wore the BB cream because it had sunscreen in it.

My friend Tiffany sells Lemongrass Spa which is all natural, organic body stuff. And they do makeup. I have been using the shampoo, conditioner, and face wash for a while now and so I decided to give their mineral makeup a try. Truth be told, makeup that requires more than 1 step and a brush scares me. I know, revoke my girl card, whatever.

The makeup I chose is 3 steps, well, 5 really. The first step is putting on some face sunscreen and waiting a little bit. Then you put on the foundation powder, the blush or in my case, bronzer, then you put on a finisher. The final step is the best mascara I have ever tried. It doesn't irritate my eyes at all. I sometimes forget I'm wearing it. It's amazing.

car selfie for the win

And I have to say, it does my face look good. I should have tried it earlier. :P

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

This is My Confession

I have a confession. I am not one of you. I don't frequent Target. I don't have a Red Card. I don't really like coffee. I hate going into any Starbucks.

And I really, really hate the Pumpkin Spice Latte craze.

I don't get it. I will never get it. I don't understand how 17 year old high school seniors get so, like totally, pumped up for some PSL! And speaking of PSL, that just sounds dirty.

I like fall, I really do. The colors, the smell of the heater when you turn it on for the first time, Thanksgiving.

I do not understand the pumpkin-ness of it all. Yes, we get pumpkins and Halloween and we cut them into cute faces. I harvest the seeds and bake up those. They're the best part. If my family is visiting us for Thanksgiving, I freeze the insides so my mom can make a pie I won't eat because I don't like pie. If not, I toss it out. No pumpkin muffins or bars in this house.

I know you all are about to go ape-shit for Autumn and boots and scarves and pumpkin spiced lattes and that's cool and all. But me? I'll stick to ordering my hot chocolate on the rare occasion I enter a Starbucks.

Because clearly, I have the taste-buds of a 5 year old. ;)

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