How I Got My (Sleep) Groove Back!

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How I Got My (Sleep) Groove Back

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I love and hate early intervention.

Giving C a hug

C will begin center-based ABA therapy for autism on June 1st. We chose center-based early intervention primarily based on the recommendations of the team that provided the diagnosis. He needs that social interaction to help him grow in the areas he struggles most. While in-home early intervention is an excellent choice for many families, I also felt that it wouldn’t be a good fit with our small apartment and the difficulty I would have separating Baby Jo and C during therapy sessions. We are very happy with the center, C loves it and we’re all excited for therapy to begin. But…I’m finding myself sulking about the whole situation.

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C did something big tonight. Huge!

Autism can make for a lot of difficult times, so I like to celebrate every accomplishment. It can take a long time to get there! It’s been a few of those difficult days again, but C has been eating fairly well for the past two weeks. A few weeks ago, I successfully weaned him off his reflux medication. I lost count of how many times we’ve tried to do that in nearly two years. We did it! Today, I decided to try going without his gastric emptying medication.

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I ran the Cellcom Green Bay Half Marathon!

Ready for the Cellcom Green Bay Half Marathon

Sunday was the day. Hubster and I laced up our running shoes and ran the Cellcom Green Bay Half Marathon! I had my eyes on this half marathon for a while. The lap around the inside of Lambeau Field was very enticing! On race day, Hubster had a sore back. I had a cold. We decided we were going to make it a fun run since neither of us were at our best. Once we got to that start line, though, my competitive voice kicked in and I started telling myself we would crush our old time.

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Fun in the Sun with Refreshing SunnyD Floats!

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My kids ask about going to the park every day. I’m so happy that warmer weather is here and I can finally say yes! They run from one thing to the next, excitedly yelling, “Swing,” or, “Slide!” The other day, we spent a morning playing, running, sliding and swinging. After Baby Jo’s nap, we spent the afternoon doing more of the same. Park hopping is a thing, right? If not, we created a new way to spend the day! There is no sweeter sound than hearing your kids laughing together. All of that fun required a refreshing treat, so I made SunnyD Floats to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth.

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Chili Nation: 5-Layer Chili Cheese Dip Recipe


5-Layer Chili Cheese Dip

What is a midwest summer without barbecues and grilling out? I love getting together with family and friends, the aroma of brats on the grill, a cold beverage in hand. I have to admit, though – I am not a grill master. I like to leave the grilling to someone else and bring along a delicious side or dessert! This 5-layer chili cheese dip can be put into a large bowl or portioned into single serve bowls for a fun appetizer. HORMEL® Chili No Beans is the star of this dip recipe. I selected little glass bowls to show off the colorful layers, and they are easy to walk around with at a party.

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