Saturday, November 2, 2013

Halloween….pirate style!

We had a great Halloween this year!  For the first time Bennett actually participated-he went up to neighbor's doors and said "trick treat" and "thank you" and tried his best to keep up with his sisters!  I was so proud of him because in years past he's gotten so overwhelmed and just wanted to be held, refusing to walk up to doors etc.  

The kids were pirates this year and I happen to think they made the cutest pirates ever!!!...

The morning of Halloween the girls were up bright and early anticipating all the candy coming their way!

I got to go with Bennett and watch him parade around with his classmates at school-so cute!

How cute is he??!!;)

Until next year!

Monday, October 28, 2013

October wrap up...

So this month is almost over and while I've been raising awareness for my sweet boy on facebook and instagram, I haven't been on the blog so I wanted to post some of my favorites….

As this month comes to an end I think the main thing I would want others to learn from Down syndrome awareness month is acceptance. For me, it's not about telling you Bennett has Down syndrome, we all know that. Or all the nitty gritty facts about DS (although all are important and interesting). I just want others to know that while individuals with Down syndrome are a little different, they are still human beings that have hearts, and feelings and just like everyone else, they want to be loved and valued. Just like the rest of us they want friends to laugh with and learn from. People with Down syndrome can accomplish great things but they need others to believe that. Accepting them into society and welcoming their differences is what it's about. Besides, life is better with friends;)

The Down syndrome Creed.

Please take the words "retard" or "retarded" out of your vocabulary. This word is extremely offensive. One day my son may feel the hurt of this word but he doesn't have to if we spread the word to end the word.

Buddy walking and raising awareness with his cousin- Go "Bennett's Brigade"!

Bennett's sisters don't see Down syndrome in their brother. They know he has it but to them, he's just their little brother. They love to play with him but they also get annoyed when he takes their things. And although I sometimes worry that they'll resent him when they get older, I also can't help but think that their love for him will only grow stronger. Love doesn't count chromosomes.

A study of 1520 children ages 7 to 16 found that those who regularly interacted with people with disabilities generally had better attitudes toward people with special needs. They were less fearful of them, too, and more empathetic.

One of the biggest things I've learned about raising a child with special needs is patience. Bennett does things in his own time and in his own way. And just because he has Down syndrome doesn't mean he's just like other kids with DS. He's an individual that clearly marches to the beat of his own drum;).

Thursday, October 3, 2013


As Bennett gets older I find it less important for me to tell others about the nitty gritty facts of Down syndrome.  I think what I really want for people to understand is that Bennett is a little boy first.  I know  most people probably see Down syndrome as soon as they see him but I want it to stop right there.  I want people to realize that what he was born with doesn't define him and that it doesn't limit what he can do.  I want others to know that we simply want acceptance for our son.  We want him treated like everyone else.  If people would open their eyes and see past the differences they would welcome a whole new level of joy into their lives.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Decorating Updates….

Well first off, it's been a long time!  I've been busy like we all are but I thought I'd share some of my decorating projects.  It's very hard for me to tackle just one project at a time because there are sooo many things I want to do and I get side tracked but for my latest project, I stayed focused;)

Painting stripes in the dining room….

Here is the dining room as it was when we first moved in..
 Here it is after my first update...

 I painted the ceiling and chandelier, made curtains, took down blinds and put up bamboo shades.  

And now the stripes.  I really like it!

Here are some things I still need to do, although I did add something on either side of the mirror recently and I'm satisfied with it for now.

Was this easy?  Not really.  Do I have a tutorial?  No.  Ha!  I'm too impulsive for tutorials!  I forget to take  before pics and then pics along the way.  I just dive into projects because I usually have no idea if they'll work or look good so there's no tutorial.  But there are plenty on pinterest;)  My mom helped me measure and then I used a level, a pencil and tape-that was the hard part.  The rest was easy;)

So I'm very happy with how it turned out as this is one of the first rooms you see when you walk in the house.  It's fun yet still sophisticated I think.

Another project I did quite a while ago but never got around to putting it on here is a little update in the kitchen.

I am wanting to do a MAJOR project in the kitchen but I'm just waiting for the right time.  Until then I did this….

I added a fun design to the back of the cabinets!  Before I go into this, here is the first update I did…

 I simply painted the back of the cabinet.  

For the fun design, do I have a tutorial?  No;)  But it's so simple and all I did was get foam board from Michaels, measured and cut it to fit and then hot glued fabric on it!  So it can come out if chevron goes out of style…but let's hope it doesn't;).

I just made sure I got the fabric on there really tight so there were no bubbles.  

I also painted the entire kitchen a nice shade of grey (it was brown, like the dining room), called Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore-love it!  But that was just a small part of my master plan;)  I've been obsessed with a white kitchen for about 5 years now.  Every house we've moved into has been nice but didn't have my white kitchen.  I've researched how to paint cabinets for 2 years, and I have quotes on getting it done professionally.  I'm leaning towards doing it myself but I need to find the right time, a little more courage, and a whole lot of energy.

This is my dream for this kitchen, along with changing the black appliances to stainless steel as well as the faucet- oh and of course I'd love a farm house sink but let's not go overboard!  One of these days I will have that post on here, don't know when but I'm determined;)

One more small change although it didn't take any work, was changing the dark oriental rug in the family room to a much lighter, totally different style rug...

Here's a very old before with the old rug...

Ahh, so much better with a lighter rug!  

So anyways, that's all for now.  I'd like to tackle the bedrooms next but the kitchen project is always in the back of my mind, along with the bonus room, future mudroom and who knows what I'll do next!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Bennett reading….

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We've been working very hard on our sight words and reading sentences!  It's a little hard to understand his speech but he gets them all right and he's up to reading 35 words now!  So proud of my little man!  

Bennett reading 9/13

Wednesday, August 21, 2013


pleated poppy

Top:  Spool No. 72
Shorts:  Old Navy
Shoes:  Charming Charlies

Everything is from Target except for the scarf:  Me;)

Top:  Marshalls:  Free People Brand and got it for practically nothing!
Shorts:  Target
Shoes:  Target
Bracelet:  Target

This outfit totally needed a necklace but I was running out the door at 7:30am and just couldn't find what I wanted.

Top:  Target
Jeans:  Target
Shoes:  Walmart ( I know!)
Belt:  Target
Scarf:  Me

Changed later in the day because I was hot, shorts:  Target

Such thrifty outfits this week!  Doesn't take expensive clothes to put together cute outfits!   Although my husband would not agree that I'm a thrifty shopper…at all.;) 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Happy 13th Anniversary!

Married for 13, dating for 17!  Happy Anniversary Michael!  I love you!!!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013


pleated poppy

Shirt:  823 Boutique
Shorts:  Forever 21
Necklace:  Vestique
Shoes:  Target
Bracelet:  Mary & Mak

Skirt:  I made it- couldn't resist with all this chevron fabric I have!
Tank:  Target
Bracelet and Necklace:  Target

Dress:  Mint Julep Boutique
Shoes:  Vestique

Shirt:  Forever 21
Pants:  Very old- Express
Necklace:  Vestique
Bracelet:  Mary & Mak
Belt:  Target

Scarf:  Me!
The rest is from Target;)

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Happy Heart Day!

4 years ago today Bennett had open heart surgery to repair his tiny heart.  The scar is fading over time but we never forget how thankful we are!  We love you B!!!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013


pleated poppy

During the week it's usually a bathing suit or workout clothes in the summer but I get dressed occasionally and remember to take a pic;)….

Dress:  Spool No. 72
Necklace:  Amour Boutique
Earrings:  Target
Shoes:  H&M

Date Night!
 Dress:  Vestique
Necklace:  Etsy
Shoes:  Target

Top:  Target
Pants:  H&M
Necklace:  Old Navy
Shoes:  Target

And I'm excited to be sporting some of these cute fabrics soon-more scarves!  Email me if you'd like your own! (  These are perfect for making an otherwise plain outfit (or for one of those days when you're running out the door and have zero time to spend in your closet) look really cute!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Is it football season yet??

Well no but it will be very soon!  So I thought I'd share my "gameday scarves" with you….

Penn State

University of Kansas

Obviously many of the scarves could go with other teams not listed.  The scarves are $22 and $3 for shipping up to two scarves.  These slip over your head but don't wrap, they are shorter and are the perfect length as soon as you put it on, no fuss!  

Here's an example of how they look on a human;)...

If you'd like to order one please email me (  If there are colors for your team you're looking for, just ask and I can see what I can come up with.  I accept paypal for payment.  Oh and these make really cute gifts too! 

You can never have too many scarves!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Bennett Reading!

So I posted a short clip on facebook of Bennett reading.  I wanted to share a slightly extended version to show the progression of matching words, names to pictures etc.  I am so pleased with how it's going and even more thrilled that Bennett actually LOVES doing this!  He loves his "matching" as he calls it.

In the last few days I've added short sentences like "My name is Bennett" "I am 4"(I know, should have used "four" but I'm also trying to see if he recognizes numbers too).  He has picked this up within a day, recognizing these sight words with no problem.

The book I've been using was recommended by a my friend Ria (Ria is sooo good with stuff like this and her Matthew is doing fantastic because of it).  Here's the book….

As Ria recommended I went straight to chapter 8 and it's working!

Make a video - it's fun, easy and free!

So here's the thing, (why this is so exciting to us)  you're told your baby has Down think the worst.  Trust me, you do at first.  So to see your child with Down syndrome start to read at the age of 4 is pretty darn exciting.  It just is.  It shows us that he can indeed learn (because when you get that diagnosis you pretty much feel like your child will never learn because you're in shock and that's all you can think about-my child will do nothing).  

And then to see him get excited about learning, well that's just the icing on the cake for me.  Bennett loves praise and loves getting "high fives" and "good job!".  I love that about him!

I hope this continues and I hope by the time he's ready for kindergarten he's reading right along with his peers.

Do I work harder in terms of education with Bennett than I did with my girls?  Yes.  And I always will have to.  But that's just how it is and I'm okay with that.  

Everything is going to be harder with him but I've always believed hard work pays off… 

We're so proud of you Bennett!!