Ta Da!

Ta Da!

I don’t know a person who isn’t busy. Everyone’s got a to do list a mile long. I’ve attended several workshops on living a life that makes you happy and almost always one of the main points they make is the importance of setting long-term, short-term, and daily goals. I used to use a to do system that looked something like this: So obviously I never actually wrote a to do list like that, but I just had a mental list that was a lot like that and it is pretty comical to think that would ever work. I always knew I had a lot to do, but all that stuff was just jumbled all together and I always felt overwhelmed. So since that wasn’t working and after attending a workshop that reminded and motivated me to live a more purposeful and meaningful life, I got an app that helped me keep track of tasks and goals. That definitely made me more efficient, but after awhile, I started to recognize a trend. Almost every day, things came up and made it so I couldn’t complete everything I had planned. And the majority of the time, the things that came up had to do with being a caregiver to a child with seizures, muscle pain, therapies, IEP’s, sensory issues, medical procedures, medical appointments, etc., etc., etc. If you’re reading this, I’m sure you understand. One day I was feeling discouraged about all I wasn’t doing and my compassionate and wise friend reminded me all that I had accomplished. I realized she was right! I had been focusing on what I wasn’t...
25 things that make special needs parents happy

25 things that make special needs parents happy

1 – Watching friends, cousins, nieces, nephews, siblings and more treat special needs kids awesomely because of the influence your child has had on them. 2 – Finding doctors and therapist that believe in your kids as much as you do. 3 – Realizing that when random strangers tell you how “lucky” you are to have a child strapped in a wheelchair because their kids are running wild through Target they really have good intentions… really. (This applies to other inappropriate random comments… And yes, it really happened to someone I know.) 4 – Watching something that doctors tell you will never happen happen. 5 – Then watching everyone who ever believed in your daughter say “I knew it! I told you so!” 6 – Realizing that it’s okay if you don’t do EVERYthing the therapists say you should be doing, every day. 7 – Watching how much your kids love eachother and having your son ask “Where’s Dylie?” When she’s been in bed for two minutes. 8 – Having your special needs girl completely over-react and be dramatic (just like a little girl should). 9 – Being okay that your three year old still uses a 3 month old’s binki, her teeth are never going to be anything other than perfect (for her) anyway right? 10 – Being able to celebrate the ‘inchstones’. 11 – Having support from random strangers who you now call “family”. 12 – Realizing just how not alone you really are, bloggers, support groups, “friends”. I love my extended family. 13- Finding your dog sleeping right next to your special needs kid’s bed or...
Our Holiday Traditions

Our Holiday Traditions

On the Eve of Christmas, the LionHeart Innovations family wanted to share with you some of our fun holiday traditions. Hopefully, by glancing over this list you will be able to get a glimpse into some of the fun things we do with our families and maybe find a new idea for a tradition to start in your own home. That Creepy Little Elf – Like him or hate him, some families have a lot of fun when their elf pulls some naughty and nice tricks every morning after returning from his daily report to Santa. Advent Calendars – There are inexpensive chocolate countdowns or you can get fancy (or not) and make your own. Pinterest comes in handy here. Countdown Chains – Take one ring off for each day counting down to Christmas. The Ho Ho Fairy – This fun fairy isn’t like her elfin friend, she never shows up in person, just leaves fun things in the morning to countdown the 12 days of Christmas. Usually they are things encouraging family time like puzzles, games and books. Reading as a Family – Right before bed, on the Eve of Christmas Day, our family Patriarch pulls out the bible to read the nativity story. If you aren’t into that sort of thing but still celebrate the holidays? Try reading any fun Christmas story like the Night Before Christmas. New Pajamas – Many families have a tradition of opening one gift Christmas Eve, new pajamas. Often matching for great Christmas morning photo ops! The Polar Express – Watch the movie The Polar Express together as a family while drinking...
Tiny unexpected things to keep tiny hands busy

Tiny unexpected things to keep tiny hands busy

Last week we found an article and posted it through our FaceBook page. An oldie but goodie, it was a brief blog post on what a great autism tool Tic-Tacs can be. As in… a powerful sensory tool that should be at the bottom of every mothers purse! That got us thinking…  what else can we use to keep those tiny hands and brains busy? Oh sure, we can find lists and lists of things to buy for a special prize or toy bag, crayons, peg boards, flash cards. There are a lot of ideas out there and truthfully? They are GREAT, I am even taking some of those ideas on a trip with us. But what not so typical thing can you have in the bottom of your purse or back for your not so typical child? And inexpensive to boot?` This is what we came up with: Masking tape or painters tape – Ever seen a parent tape two of a child’s fingers together? One from each hand? No? Well, then you probably haven’t been next to us at church, I would say it’s not an uncommon occurrence. Masking tape is not sticky enough to hurt when peeled off the skin and it’s not strong enough to leave a mark if it’s taped on something. This makes it the perfect tool to create art wherever you go. Tear a few pieces off for your child and see what they do with it. Stick it, roll it, peel it. Silly Putty – This is a two-for-one. A plastic egg for the first… and squishy happy wonderfulness for the...
Lice Prevention – Sorry about the scratching!

Lice Prevention – Sorry about the scratching!

Have you scratched your head yet? I can’t stop, just thinking about having to deal with lice makes my head itch all over like crazy! But guess what? Unfortunately back to school means more and more people are seeing reports of it in their classrooms, in their preschools and in their churches. I have had a few friends take to social media with mini-freak outs because they got a note from class telling them to be on the look-out. The good news for me is that their social media efforts have given me plenty of tips to share with you about how to prevent those little bugs from being a hassle in your home! Here is what I found (and plan to implement ASAP – scratch scratch!) 1 – Add a couple drops of tea tree oil to your shampoo. It’s a natural deterrent. Usually the more diluted the tea tree oil is the less expensive it is but people have reported success with any dilution. Some people find the smell of tea tree oil too potent, I happen to kind of like it. (And having dropped a bottle off the counter and having it shatter on the floor, it’s a good thing.) Generally speaking you add about 10 drops to each bottle, shampoo and conditioner and then shake it well. If you can handle on going maintenance, some mothers add a couple drops to the shampoo and conditioner in their hands before they apply it to their child and they do this once a week. (Thinking about lice once a month is good for me though, so I choose...