How Sign Language Can Keep You (and Your Little One) From Tears

Standing in the store with a screaming, hungry, fussy baby is no fun...Now add a screaming, fussy, "pay attention to me!" toddler to the mix...


Everyone is staring.

Half wondering what you will do and half judging you for the fact that you can't seem to get your act together in the middle of the store.

But how do you even begin to handle this type of thing? How do you communicate with your unconsolable teary eyed toddler, while you are trying to feed or pacify your screaming infant?

The answer may seem strange, but it is American Sign Language.


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You may be wondering why AMERICAN Sign Language and you can read more about that in "What is the difference between American Sign Language and Just Plain Sign Language", but let's get back to those screaming kiddos.

If you have no American Sign Language (ASL) experience, you are stuck trying to do whatever it takes to finish your shopping trip, while pacifying screaming children or to just get up and leave because it is not worth the trouble to try and get through a simple shopping trip with screaming kids.

This is where the beauty of ASL enters! With just a few signs you and your little one can start to understand each other more effectively and efficiently!

For those of you with infants who are not verbal yet ASL allows you to communicate before they can speak and allows your little one to tel you what they need before they can voice it to you.

Now for those of you with older children, ASL is still an important language to learn because if you have ever had a toddler you know that they are not the best at expressing their emotions, but tend to lean towards screaming or the dreaded tantrum in order for you to figure out what they need, or want.

With American Sign Language that grey area is taken out allowing parent and child to communicate better before and during a tantrum to help relinquish the effects and longevity of the tantrum.

Wouldn't it be nice to be able to easily ask your child if they were tired, hungry, thirsty, or mad? Do you think this would make your life easier?

Well let me assure you that it can!

I am so sure that you will be loving the transition in your life when using American Sign Language that I have created a free 2 week Email course that will help you get started and discover all of the wonderful things ASL can offer you and your family! Did I mention that you also get a fun intro into Sensory play?

So what exactly do you get in this 14 day Email Course

You will learn 2 signs every other day, and get a sensory activity to practice those signs on the other days.

This will help your little one and you solidify the signs in your mind by seeing saying and doing. By using all of these learning methods you will actually retain what you learn in this free course instead of having it only hang out in your brain for 72 hours.

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This is only the first step to learning American Sign Language though.

Vocabulary is wonderful, but remember how I said you should do it right the first time? Well you are going to want to follow up with more language structure so that you and your child can actually communicate in American Sign Language an not just know a lot of vocabulary. 

Just like teaching your child Spanish instead of Spanglish, Sign Language takes work, but it will be beneficial for years to come for you and your child.

So what are you waiting for!? Get started on this amazing journey to learn all about American Sign Language!

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Top 5 Gifts for Children on the Autism Spectrum


Fisher Price Think ; Learn Code-A-Pillar Gift Set

With the need to understand coding in this day and age this is a great toy for this Christmas. For children with autism sequencing, organizing, and prioritizing can either be very easy or very difficult. For both sides of the equation this toy is a fun way to reinforce that like or help your child learn the importance and skills of sequencing through play. And who doesn’t like making things move in all sorts of directions? This will be a hit for everyone in the family!

Little Tikes Big Waffle Block Set

Building things takes concentration and fine motor skills that some children with autism need help with. These blocks are easy o assemble and reassemble to make a fort, house, city, or whatever else your child can imagine. This also will help your child to communicate with you and other children and caregivers to create team work that will get to the end goal.

Melissa & Doug Self-Correcting Letter and Number Wooden Puzzles Set With Storage Box

The early years of teaching letters and numbers can be frustrating, especially when your child is not interested in it. These puzzles from Melissa and Doug encourage play and learning by having puzzle pieces that only fit with their corresponding piece. Children will have to go on a hunt to find the right pieces with the correct number, letter, or image in order to complete the mini puzzle. This toy is also a great fit for working on fine motor skills and patients.

Fisher Price Loving family Exclusive Holiday Dollhouse

I love pretend play! There are so many things that children can do and learn from pretending. Unfortunately, much pretend play has been lost do to TV and technology. These things are great, but pretending can be so much more beneficial for children. With the Fisher Price Doll House Series, you can bring back the pretend play which will allow you and other caregivers the opportunity to role play situations that your child needs help in, is afraid of, or is going to be new. There is a plethora of uses for therapy with this toy as well.

Little Tikes Go Green! Playhouse and Little Tikes Garden Table, Kids Play Table
What better way to talk about cause and effect than to discover how things grow! By pretending and role playing your child can learn how their actions effect the world around them. This will bring up great talking points about behavior and how to handle other people while your child plays.

Mommy Necklaces


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Have you ever been frustrated about the fact that wearing anything pretty with a baby or toddler gets messy, or worse destroyed? I have been there many times! So many necklaces have been ripped off, bracelets broken, and jewelry chewed on.

When my daughter was 6 months, I finally gave up trying to look cute at all because I thought to myself, “Why bother? It will just get messed up anyways.” I also didn’t want her to be sucking on anything that could be harmful.

Then I found this wonderful company called Mommy Necklaces! These are meant for moms, grandmas, and daycare workers who work with little ones all the time. They are pretty and functional all in one. From nursing necklaces to teething necklaces, there is something for everyone.


I love being a partner with this wonderful company! I am a raving fan when it comes to this product for SO MANY reasons!

And I promise you will never be bored with the selection! They come out with beautiful new necklaces and limited edition necklaces on a regular basis, so let’s just say I have a closet full!

There are several different styles to choose from depending on your needs and style.

Nursing Necklaces

I LOVE the Mommy Necklaces Nursing Necklace! My daughter and my son both loved to pull on my hair, grab onto my shirt and anything else that was in their reach. My Nursing Necklace has been a lifesaver when one of them wanted to lift up my shirt or rip off the blanket I was using to feed them in public because they had something to play with while they nursed. And look at how pretty it is! A little secret, I use this as a statement necklace with a solid shirt and jeans to dress up an otherwise boring outfit!

Teether Strands

I did not buy one of these until my son was born because I felt like it would look silly. I had seen so many teether necklaces that just looked weird being worn by a mom and then I finally tried this one and I love it! It is so pretty and I where it all the time. It is really nice now that my son is teething because I can have it on and he has a teether right there to sooth him while he is in the carrier or when I am holding him and trying to be at a play date for my daughter. No tears here!


Dangling Donuts

Dangling Donuts are awesome for fiddlers and toddlers who like to steal your jewelry. My daughter ALWAYS has to have a necklace when I pull one out of my closet. She is a real fashionista when it comes to jewelry and since she wants to be like mommy, I have gotten rid of almost all of my pre-baby jewelry because I like these so much and they are baby and toddler safe.




Locked Donuts

I would call the Locked Donuts my fashionable necklace. They are different than anything that I normally wear, but they are a real eye catcher. I cannot tell you how often I get compliments about my necklace and everyone is always shocked to know it is a baby-safe Mommy Necklace!


Short Strands

Short Strands are my favorite everyday necklace. They are great when I have little bit in the Ergo because he can play, but still not lay on it when he falls asleep. My daughter wears these ones all the time as well because what little girl doesn’t like copying Mommy?

Faceted Rock

I discovered this one as a surprise! Every once in a while Mommy Necklaces does a fun sale where you buy 4 necklaces for $40 and tell them the color for a special surprise in the mail! It was so fun to get such a pretty necklace in my set!

Flat Rock

This one was also a surprise for me. I usually don’t like big jewelry, but these Flat Rocks go with tons of things! I love how I can dress up a plain outfit with it and still not be too dressy!



Who doesn’t like to match? Or just have more fun things to wear?! I love the options for accessories because I can get a matching bracelet with the same awesome clasp that my kids can pull on and not worry about a million beads flying everywhere or with a stretchy band.


If you have little ones or need a gift for a friend or relative having a baby this is a great place to get the perfect gift! So why not start your collection today? Click here to visit Mommy Necklaces LLC

Easy DIY Ribbon Bookmarks


I know not every person is great at crafting and we tend to laugh at the Pinterest fails floating around the internet, so here is a cute and easy to make bookmark for your Bible, planner, book, or whatever you need it for!

What You Will Need:
~Clear Nail Polish

I chose 3 different ribbons that matched nicely together because I am not good at making not matching look cool and I really liked the hearts and fluff this ribbon had to offer!


I then cut each ribbon into 5“ strips and put a tiny bit of clear nail polish at the ends to make sure it did not fray.

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After the nail polish was dry, I tied each strip to a paperclip to create my little bookmarks.


They look so cool in my planner and I can hardly wait for my Beautiful Word Bible to get here so I can put them in there as well!

What ribbon did you end up choosing? Show me a picture in the book, planner, or anything else you are using these in!IMG_20160821_215320

Seven Wonders of the Pregnancy World


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I have been sitting on this post for awhile because I am crazy busy being a Mommy to a very lively toddler (read about surviving pregnancy the second time here) and trying to run my business before I have to take a break when baby #2 comes along. But, I have been thinking about all the wonderful things pregnancy brings, as well as all the beautiful things people have created to make our lives easier. I compiled this list in no order, but I think you will agree that these seven things are pretty amazing.


1. Zofran


If you have been super nauseous during pregnancy, like me, you have probably been prescribed some form of Zofran. I love, what we call, the puky pill! It was a life saver with my daughter when I had to still get up and go to college and work like an adult and when I have to teach classes now. My Mother-in-Law always says she wishes they would have had a magic pill when she was pregnant. But, she did give really good advice on how to throw-up into your purse with discretion.


2. Tylenol


Back pain anyone? When my weight shifted in both pregnancies I was in a lot of pain the first few weeks and Tylenol was what saved me from laying in bed crying because I couldn’t pick up my screaming toddler.


3. Pregnancy Body Pillow


This is an AWESOME invention that makes sleeping possible! I was skeptical the first time around, but after I wore the pillow in, it was and is wonderful. I love that I can move it in a million different ways to ease pain and that I can lay in almost the same position on either side without flipping the pillow back and forth. This is super convenient for me because I get restless at night sometimes and like to be able to lay on whatever side I choose. Check out the pillow that I bought by clicking on the photo below.



4. Antacids


This pregnancy, I LOVE savory foods like tomatoes and pasta, but I could die from the heartburn that they make for. I live with Tums in my purse because I don’t want to be tasting what I ate for the next several hours and have a puky feeling from it. And if you don’t have heartburn while you are pregnant, count yourself blessed!


5. The Baby Kicking


Being pregnant is not my favorite past time, however, I love feeling the baby move around inside me. It is one of those weird things you have to experience to realize how wonderful and awesome it is. It is really cool when your husband and toddler can start feeling those little movements too. My husband said that is when it really became real that we were having a baby because he could experience it too.




6. Prenatal Vitamins


I know that these don’t seem like a big deal and I will be the first to admit I forget to take them sometimes, but they can make you feel better. During those first few months of feeling sick, or your whole pregnancy, taking them at different times during the day can help ease the nausea. I liked taking mine at night because it made it easier to take them as well as made me feel better in the morning. Taking them in the morning was not an option because I had a version of pregnancy called all day sickness, whoever titled it morning sickness lied! Ask your doctor about good times to take your prenatal based on how you are feeling.


7. Holding your baby for the first time


I was so nervous when I got to see my daughter for the first time. It was like meeting a celebrity that you had talked about for months meeting and it was finally happening! My husband and I both had no idea what to say and kept repeating, “Hi baby! I love you! Hi!” like we were star struck teenagers. But when that little precious face looked up at me and smiled, I was in love forever. I wish I would have had someone taking pictures of that moment because I can remember it, but I would love to see it on my wall in a frame.




What moments or life saving products would you put in your 7 Wonders of the Pregnancy World list? Let me know by commenting below or feel free to give me a shout!

happy mommying




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