Author: Tamra

Special needs knee pads (skneeks) are here!!

Special needs knee pads (skneeks) are here!!

After years of making homemade versions, they are here and ready for purchase! You can find them at https://goliiv.com Hope these can help many. We use a shock absorbent padding with a shoe sole type material on the knee. The knee stitching has changed a […]

Cerebral Palsy Square Floaty Review

Cerebral Palsy Square Floaty Review

I’ve been meaning to post this for so long but man, summers are insane with kids all home and then having a child with special needs to add to the mix, there’s not much of a break. I can’t think, let alone try to write. […]

Be Who You Are.. This is Who I Am

Be Who You Are.. This is Who I Am

I love how art and design today is all about expressing who you are and how you feel and no one cares about how other people digest it. I think people are respected more because of it and the fact that people are being true to themselves helps everyone else to do the same.

I started Special Living Today because I wanted to express what I was going through with my middle child but then as I moved on, I worried about what others would think, (companies in particular) when I would seek out new opportunities or positions. Would they think I couldn’t handle the job or look at me differently? Now I don’t care what others think. Maybe it’s because I hit my early 40’s, I don’t know, but I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished through it all and I’m a stronger individual because of it. Think it pushes me to work harder actually. For me and for us as a couple, we’ve been through a lot with my daughter..seizures, implant surgery – twice, hip surgery with her in a body case for 6 – 8 weeks, honestly can’t even remember anymore… we’ve had to overcome a lot. Yes I wish my daughter was born without all these special needs but you can’t look back. I do believe that everything happens for a reason and because of that, feel my job is to help others creatively. Whether that be through my blogging or actually creating something in my everyday job or for my part-time Birkley job, that’s my passion.

My thought is, be yourself and if others take it the wrong way, then they can read something else, find someone else, whatever. If your open and being who you really are, it will show in your everyday work, in your interactions with others and just make you a happier person. I love my web design, user experience, whatever you want to call it now job and running my own business but I had to take a few mental breaks first to see if it was the right path for me. To all parents out there doing the juggling act, I wish you all the best and just know we’re in this together.

(for the record, this is not me in the photo, this is my daughter)

Happy 10th Birthday Birkley!!! My Little Rockstar

Happy 10th Birthday Birkley!!! My Little Rockstar

Today on your 10th birthday, I can’t help but think of all the things you’ve overcome and how much you’ve accomplished over the years. Looking back, I would have never thought you’d be where you are today. You’ve proved so many people wrong including top […]

Instant Pot / Slow Cooker Korean Beef tacos

Instant Pot / Slow Cooker Korean Beef tacos

Because it seems that everyone is hunting for instant pot recipes, I thought I would share this and not too many ingredients which is a plus for me. I tried this Korean Beef Taco recipe from Pinch of Yum but I did use my slow […]

Updates For a Better Special Living Today!

Updates For a Better Special Living Today!

This January, I’m back but with a better blog. I have lived and learned and realize I need this for me and my family. This time though I want to share more of me, who I am, my family, not just special needs challenges. I know now after much thought and experience that when you have a child with a disability, it helps to know the people behind the scenes. Feel gives people a sense at what life is really like on a daily basis. So now you can see what we are all about..an artsy, tech nerdy, mountain but also city loving family with a daughter who brings on some pretty big challenges. But I have always been the one to get around those obstacles or to try my best and that is why I feel the need to share. I am a huge creative meaning inventive I guess in every way and that is what this blog is mainly about…and of course other fun stuff too. Helping others and networking has always been in my blood so here’s to moving forward!!! More to come.

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EZPZ Placemat / Feeding Tray

EZPZ Placemat / Feeding Tray

Our first product review. I need to practice a ton more but hopefully can help some of you in the meantime. If you like, you can purchase here,  ezpz Happy Mat – One-piece silicone placemat + plate (Blue)      Tweet

Special Needs Knee Pads

Special Needs Knee Pads

These knee pads have been the best. Had to make my own as couldn’t find anything. Spandex material, denim, silicon and this rubber spray for the knees. Now just need to create a winter version for over the jeans. Tweet

Great Bib for Kids

Great Bib for Kids

Finally found a perfect bib for Birkley and can buy on Amazon.com for $12. I have bought several before and were tiny and only made for babies. This would work until she’s 7 or 8 at least.

Giant Special Needs Crib for Home and Local Travel

Giant Special Needs Crib for Home and Local Travel

So after probably 60 – 80 hours of researching and purchasing several options that didn’t work, I think I solved our bed issue for Birkley. I have been looking for a twin size crib solution but one that I could use at home and for […]