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My Friend with Autism GIVEAWAY!

I recently wrote a review for the children’s picture book My Friend with Autism by Beverly Bishop. If you read that review, you know I fell in love with this amazing resource! If you haven’t read it, you can find the review here (It will pop up in a new tab.).

The generous folks over at Future Horizons Publishing are giving away a copy of My Friend with Autism to one of my readers! I am very excited! Even if you are not personally touched by autism, this resource would be great for teaching your children about autism. Continue reading


Special Brady Rymer CD Review & Giveaway!

Congratulations to’s winner=#9! Erin Nieman won Brady’s new CD. Please share about Brady’s CD as a thank you for his reaching out to the autism community! Remember you can download a FREE song, sign up for his newsletter, and order the CD HERE!

A small envelope was hiding in our mailbox yesterday. It containeda brand new CD from Grammy nominated singer Brady Rymer- Love Me for Who I Am. It is coming out TODAY for Autism Awareness Month. I told Dr. J, “Look! I’m SO excited! Someone sent us music just for kids with Aspergers! Isn’t that exciting?” Dr. J smiled and said, “YES!”

I popped the CD in the computer, pushed play, and left the room to get something. As soon as the music started, I started dancing and was taken back 4 years to a time when my son loved peppy music and we knew nothing of autism…. Continue reading


Teaching Character Review & Giveaway

Tweaky has a Character-Building Show

 Congratulations to Entry #2! You are the person chose. Remember, you can order your own copy of Tweaky & Friends or other products for your children HERE!

When I was looking for giveaways for Autism Awareness Month, Betty of Bedford Publications graciously offered one of her products! She sent me her Tweaky & Friends Teach Character set which includes a teacher’s manual and a DVD. Betty sent me this set because she thought it would help parents of children with autism teach their children some social skills and positive character traits. Continue reading


Autism Picture Book Review & Giveaway!

CONGRATULATIONS TO A DAILY WOMAN! chose #1 as the winning entry! Thank you to all who entered, and remember you can order your copy of Annie’s books here! Please continue to help spread the word about her books.


I am very excited today to bring to you TWO picture books about autism. You will get to meet the author in more detail on Wednesday, as she is this week’s Wednesday’s Woman. I think I’m most excited because I’ve gotten to know Annie online, and she’s fabulous. She’s friendly, helpful, outgoing, encouraging–a great representation of someone who loves her Lord.

I won’t tell you much more about Annie so you can learn more Wednesday. Let’s get to her books! Annie decided to write about autism and her daughter in picture book style. This intrigued me, because my boys are 3 and 5. Dr. J, my autistic son, and I wanted to start looking into autism picture books. Continue reading


Kids’ DVD Review & Giveaway!

And the winner chosen by is…Stephanie! Thank you to all who participated! Remember, the Easter DVD is on sale for $4.99 & Free shipping when you follow the ad at the top of the sidebar and use the code RISEN. That’s a deal that can fill a lot of Easter baskets!

Many of you have read my post about the “Pros & Cons of Educational Videos.” (and the history movies Dr. J quotes all the time) If you haven’t, you should go read it. I compiled a great list, if I do say so myself! Continue reading

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All About Reading is Here!

Do you remember my Wednesday’s Woman, Marie Rippel? She created a spelling curriculum to meet her son’s needs.

Well, Marie has decided to create a multi-sensory approach to reading as well! And guess what!? She invited me to test it out with Dr. J and Meatball! The catch was I’d have to wait! The program was in the final stages of production. Continue reading

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>Recipe for Fun


Meatball, almost 3
Recipe for Fun:
1 Big Brother, complete with long-sleeved t-shirt, long-sleeved blue plaid shirt, polka dot blue bowtie, and blue cap
1 Little Brother, complete with long-sleeved t-shirt, short-sleeved ice cream t-shirt on backwards, and baseball cap
1 Mommy, complete with long-sleeved t-shirt, hoodie sweater, and winter hat
2 backpacks stuffed with toys
1 bunk bed “train”
1 Curious George book
3 imaginations
Prepare for adventure by dressing properly. Take two little boys eager for fun, and one mommy willing to leave her computer. Climb up on bunk bed; unpack, pack, unpack, and pack backpacks.Let the conductor take you to the zoo. Read Curious George while riding the train. Enjoy smiles and crazy outfits. Repeat often.
Meatball wearing Dr. J’s “packpack”
I am SO sad I didn’t have a working camera to take a picture of the final result! We’ll have to substitue this one from Fall 2009.
So, when is the last time you stopped the busyness of life to enjoy a “simple pleasure”?

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Encouraging Moments E-zine Review


This is one of my all-time favorite pictures of my boys and me. Aren’t they cute? Don’t I look like a happy homemaker with her two happy boys?

Fast-forward two years. I’m now a Gabby Mom, and I’m supposed to review products for Eternal Encouragement magazine. This month, I am excited to review Lorrie Flem’s FREE e-zine. I sit down at the computer, open my email, “Get off me! Mom, HE HIT ME!” *sigh* Go smooth over sibling issue.

Sit down at computer. Look at screen. I LOVE the design, so welcoming and peaceful! SCREAMING. *sigh* Rescue little brother.

Sit down in front of computer, nerves now frazzled, start reading about Drastic Discount Days and a special deal on a bundle that would help my mornings be calm. Oh, that sounds good! WATER SPILLED ALL OVER TABLE. *sigh* Clean up mess, try to be patient, sit down again.

Click “play” on Chick Flicks for Moms video and try to concentrate on Lorrie as she shares from her heart. “MOOOOMMMMM!” *sigh, sigh, sigh!* Decide to try again another day.

I am not kidding. That’s how this month’s review process started! Let’s just say that I was not feeling all sunny and happy like the picture of us at the zoo. Now you know I’m knee-deep into messy parenting just like the rest of you! Needless to say, it took me a few sittings to browse the e-zine and benefit fully.

Ironically, the e-zine’s tag line is “Our Moments Are Short and Sweet.” And they are. The publishers just weren’t including all the interruptions from my autistic son and his little brother! You truly can sit down for a short break and get some quick encouragement when you browse Lorrie’s Encouraging Moments E-zine. Plus, it’s FREE!

When I finally had quiet moments, I read a valuable reminder to pray for my husband and thus strengthen my marriage. There was even a 31-Day Plan included! Then I marvelled at another woman’s accomplishments as she shared how she helped her family by sticking to a budget. Finally, I found out what’s been going on at the Eternal Encouragement Facebook page!

If you’d like a 10-15 minute coffee break delivered to your email inbox each week, follow this link: . When you get there, you will see a spot on the right-hand side near the top that allows you to sign up for the FREE e-zine. Fill out the form, and, voila! Next Thursday you’ll have some encouragement waiting for you. I know I’m looking forward to it!

If you missed my first Gabby Mom review, click here to read about True Treasures!

Disclaimer: I am reviewing Encouraging Moments as an official member of The Gabby Moms blogging program for Eternal Encouragement magazine.  I did not receive compensation for this post and all opinions are solely my own.

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>Save $ Monday–Free Movie Rental at Amazon

>Do you have extra people around this week? Are your kiddos bored over vacation? Click over to Free is My Life and learn how you can get a $5 credit for Amazon movie rentals! The offer ends Saturday, so be sure to stop by today so you can plan how to use your credit. If you’re in the metro-Detroit area, you may want to poke around Free is My Life and find some local deals, too. Happy hunting!