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CMV: Every Pregnant Woman Should Know About This Virus

Interesting to me why it’s so hard to find information on CMV. My daughter was born with CMV so think it’s so important for woman to know. A lot more common than I thought. Read the article below from a pediatrician’s blog I discovered the […]

IPad2?

I am looking for a technology grant to use an IPad as an assistive technology device/ communication device for my students. Currently, I am using over 32 low, mid & high tech communication boards & devices with my students. It would be an incredible blessing […]

Jumbo Knob Puzzles from Melissa and Doug

Jumbo Knob Puzzles from Melissa and Doug

Melissa & Doug Fishbowl Jumbo Knob Puzzle

These are wonderful for kids with motor delay. Have one for my daughter and need to buy more while we work on cognitive development.

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Dream on Me Ultra 2-in-1 Infant Bath Tub & Toddler Bath Seat

Dream on Me Ultra 2-in-1 Infant Bath Tub & Toddler Bath Seat

When I first took the bath seat out of the box, I thought it looked a little cheap and didn’t look too stable. It was really light and the plastic didn’t look really solid. There wasn’t even a label or name on it which I […]

Little Bit About Me

Little Bit About Me

First of all, before I start, have to tell you that I could not find one good picture of myself with the kids. Would think these kids are raising themselves. Anyway the best I could do. This picture is horrible of Birkley but was taken […]

Best Icing Ever! Cake Awesome Too and Super Easy

Had to share this recipe because the icing is amazing! We are not cake eaters in our household but with this recipe, everyone wanted a cupcake. Honestly, I would rather have apple pie but this icing is the best and the cake is super moist. The two together makes the best cake and you can make in any flavor (The recipe below is for chocolate cake but I used lemon cake mix, lemon pudding and white chips for the cake and added lemon rind and fresh lemon juice to the icing. We then added toasted coconut and chocolate eggs to the top).

I wanted to post this because my daughter Birkley loves to eat icing if it’s good. If it’s too sweet, she will definitely give you a bad face. Love this icing because it is super fluffy and delicious and something Birkley can enjoy eating while I bake.

I received this recipe from a friend who bakes amazing recipes and the best part is, it’s super easy. It’s super low fat, ok not at all, so don’t make this if watching what you eat.

Icing

INGREDIENTS:

4 cups confectioners’ sugar

1 cup shortening

2 tablespoons water

1 teaspoon clear imitation vanilla extract

3 tablespoons corn syrup or water (optional, see notes)

PREPARATION:

In a large bowl, combine sugar, shortening, water and vanilla.

Beat on low speed to combine, then beat on medium speed for a full five minutes. It won’t look like icing at first, but keep the mixer going for a full five minutes, and then you’re done!

Notes: You may use half shortening and half unsalted butter. If you’re not using this for decorating, but just for icing the cake, thin the icing by adding the corn syrup or water to the icing.

Sour Cream Chocolate Cake

1 box Duncan Hines Chocolate Devil’s Food Cake

1 (3 oz) Package Instant Chocolate Pudding (I have found instant that’s not the microwaveable kind that’s about 3.4 oz. and used that – haven’t found 3 oz.)

4 Eggs

½ Cup Vegetable Oil

¾ Cup Water

1 Cup Sour Cream (I use low fat)

6 oz. Semisweet Chocolate Chips

Preheat oven to 350.

Mix all ingredients except chocolate chips in mixer or with whisk.

Add chocolate chips after everything else is combined.

Bake as directed on the box.

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Best Icing Ever! Cake Awesome Too and Super Easy

Best Icing Ever! Cake Awesome Too and Super Easy

Had to share this recipe because the icing is amazing! We are not cake eaters in our household but with this recipe, everyone wanted a cupcake. Honestly, I would rather have apple pie but this icing is the best and the cake is super moist. […]

Easiest, Homemade Sensory Table Even a Mom Can Make

Easiest, Homemade Sensory Table Even a Mom Can Make

We all know that sensory tables can be super pricey usually around $300 so I did some shopping and made my own for really cheap. I wanted something that I could put together myself. Feel like there are already a zillion projects to do on […]

Teaching my daughter an important lesson

Tonight I had a big talk with my oldest daughter, Devlin, who is now in kindergarten. For the first time, we had some serious conversations. One of them brought up a valuable lesson for all of us parents to remember. She said, “my friend at school had surgery because she had cancer or maybe not but it goes away, comes back, then goes away again.” She kept going on about how she thinks she’s ok but still brings up a good point and something I learned along the way.

When going through stressful, crazy times with Birkley feel like I’m always saying, “uh, if you could just walk”, “what? I don’t know what you want”, and I could go on and on. Sometimes I have to remind myself that everyone has something they are dealing with and most of the time, you just can’t see it. Some have cancer, some have a disease that they have to monitor on a day to day basis and some just have family or marital problems. Although Birkley can be a ton of work, I have to remember that things could be worse. We have a wonderful, healthy family, georgeous kids, and my husband and I have a great relationship which I am so thankful for.

So to you new parents out there, remember you are not alone. Whether you know it or not, everyone has hardships out there and we just have to be grateful for all the things we do have. Life can be tough. Believe me, I’ve cried a ton but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

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Music Videos in Sign Language

I love this. Makes me so happy to see. We play music for our daughter Birkley all the time but will blast the sound and let her feel the vibrations and sign when I know the words. Birkley was born with profound hearing loss but […]