Simple Changes At The Grocery

Hi everyone! I hope your having a wonderful day 🌞

I am working on making simple and eco-friendly changes at the grocery store. I went today and really paid attention to what I bought and what it was packaged in. Produce and meat are the worst for me. I am getting some cloth bags for my produce. I looked for individual, not in plastic wrap fruits and vegetables today. I typically buy apples in a plastic bag. They get wasted because I never know when my daughter will eat them. One week she eats tons and the next week none. Now I buy individual apples and only buy a few. They taste so much fresher to me🍎.

The meat department is an area I just deal with the plastic. We don’t eat tons of meat, so it’s minimal. I stopped buying lunch meat and mostly buy chicken, fish and smoked turkey sausage. If anything comes in a plastic container, I reuse it.

I recycle cans, cardboard packages and any other recyclable packaging. I always check to see if it’s recyclable. I have reduced my trash so much already😊

I am doing away with Ziploc bags. I am using my glass jars and other storage containers for food storage. I am making some cloth bowl covers and a cloth bread keeper. I am excited to do away with as much as I can.

Another way I’m reducing packaging is by making as much homemade as I can. Biscuits, bread, muffins, etc…

I am continuing to research the grocery store and figure out how I can buy less packaging. It’s actually fun 😁

Baby steps will all come together to make our home more simple and eco-friendly 🙂

Creating An Activity Shelf

I am working on a shelf of fine motor activities for Chloe to work on each afternoon. She has been struggling with a lot of moodiness, which I’m sure are hormones and puberty. I just want to get her to stay busy.

Here are a few items I have gathered so far….

I found a princess cube puzzle. It’s so adorable and is great for fine motor skills. I knew she would love the Disney princess theme.

I love these nuts and bolts! It is a wonderful activity to strengthen hand and finger muscles. I like how you have to match the shapes as well.

I found these matching shape eggs on Amazon. Chloe loves putting them together. These would be great for teaching shapes and colors as well.

An oldie but goodie for Chloe. She has always loved stringing beads. I want to get some with letters so she can spell words with them. You can also make patterns with colored beads.

These are just a few and I plan on gathering some more so I can switch them out when she gets bored. I am hoping to make some homemade activities as well. I will post them as I get them ready☺️

I hope all of you are doing well and staying healthy 🥰

Simple Changes/Eco-friendly Changes

I have been reading lots of books on simple and eco-friendly living. I am taking a few steps at a time, so I don’t get overwhelmed.

I have posted blogs before of changes I have made in our home. I’m ready to do even more. I still make homemade cleaners, homemade toothpaste and mouthwash. I tried homemade detergent, but it didn’t work so well for me. I may try different recipes.

I put a recycle bin in our kitchen. I’m teaching a Chloe what to recycle. Once I run out of trash bags I’m not buying anymore. I will compost food scraps, put recyclables in their bin and only dry trash in the trash can. I have read you can use paper bag as liners, but I’m trying no bags at all. We have a dumpster, so I pour it in there. I have noticed a few other residents here that do that as well.

Another area in my kitchen I’m replacing items is napkins and paper towels. I have a basket that I will fill with cloth napkins and I have a basket of clothes under the sink, some made from old tshirts for spills.

On to the bathroom ☺️ I switched back to bar soap instead on using plastic bottles of body wash. I use coconut oil to remove makeup and to put on my skin after a shower. I no longer buy conditioner and use coconut oil on my hair before washing once or twice a week. I haven’t found a homemade shampoo I like, so I buy a bigger bottle and use less. It lasts us months!

I have been buying individual produce, instead of produce in bags. It is hard to find everything without plastic packaging, but I try. I also waste less food buying 3 apples instead of a whole bag. I reuse glass jars for food storage. I try to find food in packaging that can be recycled.

I have more areas to replace items with more eco-friendly alternatives, but this is where I’m starting. It’s a healthier, cheaper and better way to live🙂

Meltdowns Suck!!

Chloe always starts to get angry on Sundays. She starts saying “No school on Monday”!! I have learned she doesn’t hate school, she just prefers being home.

Last night during her bath she just snapped all of a sudden. She started screaming and crying. This is usually how it happens. Once I got her out of the bath she got louder and angrier. She started hitting herself and the wall. I sat by her and tried to calm her down, but once she enters meltdown mode you can’t reach her. She just has to finish.

Living in an apartment makes meltdowns even more stressful. I worry about my neighbors being disturbed or even getting turned in to the apartment manager. Her throwing herself down on the floor at 6 am is not good!!

Chloe always struggles the last few months of school. This year has been crazy anyway, with Covid opening and closing school constantly all year. I am really hoping school is normal next school year.

Meltdowns are pretty common in children with Autism. They are super difficult to deal with. The biggest goal is that they don’t hurt themselves or others during the meltdown. Once she is finished, she is calm and usually plays on her bed.

She had one last night and another one this morning. I’m hoping she does better the rest of the week.

I hope all of you are doing well. Have a wonderful day😎

Sunday Chat☕

Good morning 🌄

As I sit here listening to Miss Chloe playing Christmas songs on my Kindle I am so aware of her innocence and the fact she doesn’t care if it’s April….she’s going to do what makes her happy😊

That’s how we should all live. I have been writing this blog for over 2 years. It has mostly been about Autism, because that’s the life we live. I also love to write about simple living. I do my best to make our lives simple. Chaos is not a good thing for Chloe or myself. Along with Chloe’s Autism, I have high anxiety issues. So the simpler I make our lives the better.

I want to start mixing up my blogs a bit by adding in blogs on simple living. I am reading a few books right now that have taught me so much. I will share them this week. Just changing little things here and there make such huge differences. Also accepting the fact that Chloe listens to Christmas songs year around, instead of trying to change it eases a lot of tension🙂

So beginning this week I will blog about our life living with Autism, as well as some simple living blogs.

I hope all of you are doing well. Stay healthy and welcome to my new followers ❤️

Loving It❤️

Good morning 🌄

I am really loving making wreaths🙂. I made the 2 above for myself. Now I’m getting interest from people to make some for them to buy from me. That would be wonderful 😁

I received some bumblebee fabric today and waiting for one more color to start working on this wreath. It’s going to be so pretty for Summer. I am also planning to make another Sunflower wreath with other colors woven in. I also have found the cutest bandana fabric to make a red, white and blue wreath with. Awesome 😎My older daughter loves Harry Potter, so I found fabric to make her one for her book room.

My big project is to make Autism rag wreaths. I will use either Autism puzzle fabric or buy all of the colors and mesh them all together. I would love to sell these.

I’m not sure how I will sell my wreaths yet. Someone with a shop offered to put them on her wreath wall. She would keep 20% of all sales. I may just sell them myself. I’m still working on perfecting my technique. I do love to stay busy while Chloes at school.

I hope all of you are having a great day. Stay healthy 🥰

Finding Peace With Autism

Do we ever find peace after our children are diagnosed with Autism?

I guess there are different levels of peace. I accepted Chloes diagnosis instantly, but also wore myself out researching non-stop. Research is important, but you can’t let it take over your life. It has taken me years to learn this.

I know a lot of parents try to “fix” their child and sometimes certain techniques help reduce or erase symptoms. There is no cure for Autism and that is the first thing I made peace with. Then I had to make peace with that Chloe would have struggles that I couldn’t fix. That is a tough and heart breaking reality.

So I just live day to day and help Chloe as much as I can steer through this crazy world. I still research every now and then, but I don’t let it rule me. Finding Peace in our child’s diagnosis is important for our own mental and emotional health. Find support if you need it and take it a day at a time.

Stay healthy and safe❤️

Scripting Interfering With Learning

Chloe goes through phases of heavy scripting. What is Scripting? It’s when she repeats phrases from books or movies. She might sing the same song over and over or a specific number of songs. It is common in children and adults with Autism.

Chloe will typically do this when anxious or bored. I see it most when she’s anxious. Her teacher told me today it’s starting to interfere with her learning. If she is scripting she shuts out everything else. She won’t do anything until she is finished. We were almost late for school this morning, because she wouldn’t stop scripting.

I have researched this so much. What I have learned is unless they are injuring themselves you don’t stop it. Scripting is a stim, just like flapping or rocking. When Chloe was a toddler she would bang her head in the floor. Scripting is extremely hard to stop or redirect. I have tried so many things, but if you interrupt her scripting she will have a meltdown. Believe me, I’d rather let her script. I was hoping she would outgrow it, but that hasn’t happened.

One thing I try is to keep her busy. If her brain is occupied I see way less scripting. She has to have down time, so she may script some then. Some days it’s just going to happen no matter what. It’s as much a mystery as Autism itself.

Does your child with Autism script? How do you handle it?

Stay safe and healthy 💕

Bullying Must Stop!!

Bullying is just running rampant and I am tired of it!!! I get so upset when I read stories about children being bullied. I believe children learn this behavior at home. They are not born to hate. I also believe there should be harsher punishment for bullies.

I went through being bullied as a child. It was really painful. I lived in fear every day. I felt very alone all the time. I am thankful I pushed through it, but some children don’t. Suicide from bullying is at an all time high.

What angers me even more is seeing children with disabilities being bullied. Those who can’t defend themselves are just helpless. I taught my.older children to love all people and to be kind to those with disabilities. When they were in childcare children with disabilities were drawn to them, because they were kind and included them. I was proud.

Chloe went through an incident at a playground when she was 6 that really scared her. She was at the top of a slide and a bunch of kids started screaming at her to move. She sunk down and covered her ears. They pushed past her and I had to go up and get her. She kept saying “No push Chloe” over and over. She avoided that park for a year. 5 years later she still says “No push Chloe” every now and then. It breaks my heart.

Most children avoid her, which is hurtful. I recently had a kid call her weird. I let her know she was being mean and she needed to stop or go play somewhere else. I tried to explain that Chloe is Autistic and she does things differently than other kids, but some kids just don’t care. So we stay away from her when we see her. She live in our Apt area.

I just wish parents would teach their children kindness. Our world is getting more and more hateful. All I feel I can do is protect Chloe when things occur and educate kids when I can….maybe some parents too.

Have you dealt with bullying? How did you handle it?

Sunday Chat☕

Good morning 🌄

So there are 6 weeks of school left. I have 6 weeks to do all the things it’s hard to do when Miss Chloe is home all the time.

I’m definitely going to walk plenty of miles the next 6 weeks. Chloe usually walks one loop, which is one mile, when she’s up to it. I am hoping to go to our local trails a lot this Summer. Now that I live upstairs I can’t really do Cardio. That was a con of moving up here. So I have to get it when I can🙂

I have decided to start making rag wreaths to sell. I need to invest in a few supplies, but luckily they are not expensive. I need to shop for fabric and wire wreaths. This is a hobby I am excited to jump into with both feet😊.

I’m also trying to come up with activities that we can do that Chloe will enjoy this Summer. She doesn’t like to stay constantly busy, but at least one fun activity a week. Covid may put a strain on them, but hopefully she can stay busy.

I’m also going to my local library, which I haven’t been to since moving back, to check out lots of books 📚. Instead of redoing my glasses I found a book magnifier that works great! I’m enjoying reading again😊.

There are also some Autism walks coming up that I definitely want to participate in. I’m hoping Chloe will walk too. I’m also inviting my older daughter to walk. Hopefully she can.

I mostly want to take time for myself. Summer break is hard for parents of special needs children, especially if we don’t have respite. Once Covid settles down I’m hoping to sign up for some respite care for Chloe. I would love someone she can hang with and do things with. She needs to work on seperating from me more.

So 6 weeks to go and it will fly by. How long do your children have left?

Thanks for stopping by and welcome to my new followers ☺️. Stay safe and healthy 💕