Meatloaf

So my husband is a very meat and potatoes kind of guy. I’m Italian and not meat and potatoes. I remember the first time I made him a meatloaf my husband told me it tasted like a meatball more than a meatloaf. After 12 years together I think I have perfected my recipe and come to find out our 2 children LOVE meatloaf too.

So now that I’m the odd ball out I end up making meatloaf more because my family goes crazy over it.

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DIY Laundry Room Redo

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Two years ago my husband and I realized that our starter home was now too small for our growing family. We more than doubled our square footage simply because we got a great deal and we didn’t want to have to move again because a house was too small.

I will never understand why builders make these large homes yet make the laundry room the size of a Cracker Jack box. Now when we were looking at the house the Laundry Room seemed small but still ok until we put our new HE washer and dryer in.

All of a sudden the Laundry Room held the washer and drying and left only a small walkway from the entry door, pass the machines and to the garage. Continue reading

Autism- What did we see…

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I have had a lot of people ask me what we saw in my daughter that first had us asking questions. Looking back we had issues from day 1 before we ever left the hospital.
There was constant crying that I couldn’t comfort, it almost seemed like she was not comfortable in her own skin. I used that statement to describe Giada for her 1st year of life. It sounds terrible that an infant could not be comfortable in their own skin but that was the best way to describe it.

Probably one of the most common things we hear when we tell people about her autism is “I didn’t think they could diagnose it that young… Continue reading

Ring Around The Rosie

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Ring around the Rosie- so simple yet so complex for a child with autism.
For Giada it means making eye contact, taking not only 1 person by the hand but 2 and following verbal cues.

It was a month into speech therapy. We were working on Giada’s language comprehension as always and decided to push her with a song game.
Giada is very uncomfortable holding hands but we forced her to take Debbie (her therapist) and myself by the hand and play Ring-Around-The-Rosie. Continue reading

Autism: It’s very real and part of my Family

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No parent thinks it can happen to them, to their child… But it happens with no explanation and no warning. It hurts! You will always wonder where or when it happened, was there something you could of done differently??? The answer is, there is no answer. That realization is probably the hardest of them all. Maybe 1 day we will know but right now there are too many variables and theories to pin point.

You can find thousands of studies saying all these different things give you higher risk factors in having a child with autism. Well in our case, with our child, we didn’t fall into those categories. Continue reading