Author: Tamra

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 […]

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)

 

 

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. Tweet

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 traveling to local areas.

Birkley is 5 and was diagnosed with CMV. With that she has hearing loss, hypertonia, hypotonia, motor and developmental delay. Needless to say, we need a bed where she is contained and feels safe if kicks the sides, sits on her knees, stands, and whatever else she does in her bed. I also wanted to find something that we could use as her bed at home and her bed for when we want to travel (at least to drivable places). Birkley does a ton better in familiar spaces which I’m sure is like most special needs children. Living in Colorado, we are usually traveling to nearby mountain towns and every time we stay somewhere else, we usually get no sleep because Birkley has been up all night crying.

This idea is using the Summer Infant Custom Fit Gate, Grey. I bought two because you can connect them for when on the go, put it in a corner and put a couch, chair or something heavy next to it to keep it extra secure(can see an image through the link above). At home, I can just use one and mount the ends to the wall creating a rectangle with the gate and the wall. There is also a door that locks so your child can crawl in and out themselves if need.

My next step is to buy a thin, foldable twin size mattress so again, we can bring everything with us if we need. Plus I don’t want Birkley climbing over the side if the mattress is too thick.

I’ll keep you posted as to how this goes. Hoping to get the bed set up this weekend but will see. Hoping all goes well this time but have a feeling this will work.

Why Are School Districts  Against Us?

Why Are School Districts Against Us?

Seriously, enrolled my 7 yr old daughter in school today and all is looking good so far. A good teacher to start and the process to get everything paid for, signed, etc., was super easy. Then it comes to Birkley. I receive a phone call […]

Avocado Oil Now at Costco

Avocado Oil Now at Costco

What a great deal! I’m always looking for good fats to add to Birkley’s shakes/meals. Now can buy it at Costco for $8.99 for 1 Liter. Normally around $10 for half this size. Tweet

Special Living Today Getting a Makeover

Special Living Today Getting a Makeover

We want to become your place for finding out about new products invented by moms like you and me or products currently out there that we have never heard of before. Want us to be able to share what we have found because I find it’s the little things that take sooooo long to find and search for. Sometimes we don’t have time to be inventors every day of our life nor do we want to (we want to play too) and it makes our life that much easier if there’s a place that can help us find the answer a little quicker. Maybe you have made something for your child that could help someone else…how fun if we could make that happen.

 

Shake Recipe Ideas if Main Source of Food

Shake Recipe Ideas if Main Source of Food

If looking for some recipe ideas, hope these can help. After years of looking, researching and trying to figure out a healthier way for my daughter to eat, enjoy what she’s eating and receiving a healthy and balanced meal, we finally have some great mixes […]