Another Year Older and My Newest Adventure!

Hello friends! It’s been a while, I know.  I’ve taken some time off to devote time to my family. I’ve been doing a lot of reflection, which prompted this post.

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How to Make Halloween Fun for Special Needs Children



I hope everyone is having a joyous Halloween. I just wanted to take a few minutes to remind everyone that Halloween is a fun holiday that ALL children should be able to enjoy. You can do this by merely recognizing their differences, being patient and accepting and celebrating each special child. A more specific way to do this is to participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project. You can go to their website for in-depth information, but the basic premise is to recognize not all children are able to enjoy candy on Halloween due to allergies and to promote inclusion by providing non-food treats. If you want to participate, I’ve provided a free printable at the bottom of this post. Just print it out and place it on your door! Also, you can spray paint a pumpkin teal or pick up a Teal Pumpkin Project paint kit like this one to alert trick-or-treaters that you’re providing non-food treats.

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15 Quotes to Inspire People With Depression and/or PTSD

img_4822As a clinical social worker and more importantly, as someone diagnosed with both depression and PTSD, I’m familiar with not only the stigma of mental illness but the upward battle to manage these illnesses every day.

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3 Reasons I Don’t Wear Makeup


I frequently hear women make statements like, “I could never leave the house without foundation and mascara.” “I’m a hot mess without my makeup.” “Excuse my appearance, I didn’t have time to put my face on this morning,” or something of the like. I also get asked, in a rather shocking tone, “How can you not wear makeup?” Well, here is my answer.

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