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Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Movers and the Shakers Part II

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Heather Kuzmich, born April 19, 1986, in Valparaiso, Indiana. She is an art student and an American Model. She currently lives in Chicago, Illinois, where she is studying to be a video game designer. She is best know for her fourth runner up position on America's Next Top Model, where it was made known that Heather has both Asperger's and ADHD. She was diagnosed with asperger's at the age of 15, right around the time that her father passed away. She has said in interviews that it was not the easiest time in her life. She says that she struggles with approaching people and with her communication skills.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The movers and the shakers.

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Given that April is Autism Awareness month, I thought it would be nice to do a little segment on famous people with Autism. Some are high Functioning some have Asperger, and some are just on the spectrum.

Today's high light goes to
Temple Grandin.

Temple Grandin (born August 29, 1947) is a doctor of animal sciences and professor at Colorado State University, bestselling author, and consultant to the livestock industry in animal behavior. As a person with high-functioning autism, Grandin is also widely noted for her work in autism advocacy and is the inventor of the hug machine designed to calm hypersensitive persons.

Grandin was born in Boston, MA, to Richard Grandin and Eustacia Cutler. She was diagnosed as autistic in 1950. Having been labeled and diagnosed with brain damage at the age of two, she was placed in a structured nursery school with what she considers to have been good teachers. Grandin's mother spoke to a doctor who suggested speech therapy, and she hired a nanny who spent hours playing turn-based games with Grandin and her sister.

At age four, Grandin began talking, and she began making progress. She considers herself lucky to have had supportive mentors from primary school onwards. However, Grandin has said that middle school, and high school were the worst parts of her life. She was the "nerdy kid," the one whom everyone teased and picked on. She would be walking down the street and people would say "tape recorder," because she would repeat things over and over again. Grandin states that "I could laugh about it now, but back then it really hurt."

After graduating from Hampshire County School, a boarding school for gifted children in Rindge, NH in 1966, Grandin went on to earn her bachelor's degree in psycology from Franklin Pierce College also located in Rindge) in 1970, her master's degree in animal science from Arizona State University, in 1975, and her doctoral degree in animal science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 1989.

All of the above information can be found, and was copied from here.

Temple went on to have one of the greatest achievement in the livestock industry. She realized that the treatment of cattle at the slaughter yards was to stressful on the animals. She invented what was known as weeping curved corrals, which helped lower the stress level of the animals being lead to slaughter. She was quotes as saying: "I think using animals for food is an ethical thing to do, but we've got to do it right. We've got to give those animals a decent life and we've got to give them a painless death. We owe the animal respect." —Temple Grandin. Her hard work towards the respect for animals up for slaughter, were proved to be time and money saving investments.

As a mother with a daughter who is a high functioning autistic, here is one of those stories that gives me hope that my daughter can be any thing that she puts her heart to.

On the job hunt.

I had 2 job interviews yesterday, and thanks to the wonderful managers who interviewed me I found out that after almost four years of staying home, all I am qualified to be is a mom. Some days that are real trying on me I really feel like I am not truly qualified to be a mom. We have regressed recently Elizabeth was doing so good about doing #1 in the potty and now today she has had nothing but accidents. I sit here and wonder what it is that I am doing so wrong that causes her to take so many steps backwards. All of my friends keep telling me that it is just because Elizabeth has autism, and to tell the truth all that statement does is anger me. I do not see my daughter as a person that needs to use this as an excuse so it really upsets me when others do it for her. It is almost as if saying that because she has aspergers autism that will be her life long definition. I feel totally different I do not want her autism to define her I want her to have the ability to define her autism.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Free Pull Ups potty training dvd

I am struggling with potty training my three year old. I do not know about any of you but I have been told that potty training a child with autism is almost impossible. When I was first told this by my daughters doctor all I could think was "Oh no we can do this she is high functioning." So far with a year into potty training we have her broke on wetting herself, but she is still having bowel movement accidents, and I guess since she has only ever went poo 2 times in a potty, and she will tell you I will not go in the potty. I hold it, I do not believe these can be called accidents any more. We were recently interviewed by out local Head Start and we were told that if she has not been completely potty trained by the new school year she can not attend. Every 30 min in my day I take the time to put her on the potty. She will not tell me when she needs to go ( unless it is in the middle of the night). When you ask her " Elizabeth do you need to go potty?" and you know she does she will still tell you no. As soon as you put her on the potty she pee's so much. I have been searching for tips on helping her go potty. I ran across this offer and figured I would pass it along. I know it is only available while supplies last. Click here to fill out the form to get your free potty training tips DVD.

I need a favor

Please take a second of your time to vote for my entry for a Fry's reusable bag design.
Click here to go straight to my entry.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Lots to do.

As I have been blog surfing recently I have found so many that are great. To all of my followers he is a little list of my 5 most favorite.

  1. It's All about the Savings this girl always has a ton of stuff to take part in. She has great giveaways and reviews. She also has a ton of money saving tips.
  2. Life of Logan For any mother struggling with an ill child, this blog will inspire you. It makes we smile every time I go there.
  3. Mama to 3 blessings- Our Homeschool Blog I love this blog because it has some great advise on home schooling. in this day and age with our schools being so horrible I am considering home school. It is great to know all those tips and tricks. Plus she has great giveaways.
  4. Hearts Make Families I love to go to this blog and read her great stories. She really does take away the mundane in a boring day.
  5. All About Entering Giveaways The name says it all. All this lady does is post giveaways she finds on her blog sufin' days.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Fire station visit

Izzy really did have fun today. Of course it all had to be on her terms. We will be going back out for she would only talk to the female firefighter and at the end of the visit all she did was talk. She refused to look at the trucks. She would not get dressed in an outfit. Over all it went well she learned the difference between hot and cold for many things. Even though we have gone over them at our home it seemed a firefighter really helped to ingrain it in her. At the end of the visit when they re asked the question what should you do if your house is on fire she still gave the answer hide under the table. :(

Did you know

This will not be long but I figured I would pass this along. Did you know that if you are using an older child safety seat you should look on it for an expiration date. If it has expired you need to replace it because it truly is no longer safe to use.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

YOung Kids and Fire Safety.

Did you know that :
  • There were 3,320 civilians that lost their lives as the result of fire.
  • There were 16,705 civilian injuries that occurred as the result of fire.
  • There were 118 firefighters killed while on duty.
  • Fire killed more Americans than all natural disasters combined.
  • 84 percent of all civilian fire deaths occurred in residences.
  • There were an estimated 1.5 million fires in 2008.
  • Direct property loss due to fires was estimated at $15.5 billion. This figure includes the 2008 California Wildfires with an estimated loss of $1.4 billion.
  • An estimated 32,500 intentionally set structure fires resulted in 315 civilian deaths.
  • Intentionally set structure fires resulted in an estimated $866 million in property damage.
I personally find these numbers to be extremely high, yet as of August 27, 2009 these were the facts. The death toll from fires is unbelievably high. I personally feel that alot of those could have been prevented by proper fire safety and prevention. Such as did you know if all of us had at least one fire extinguisher and one smoke alarm for every 3 rooms we could save many lives. You should also check the batteries to your smoke alarms every month. It is also imperative to have a fire plan. You and you family should set aside time once a month to review this plan. The plan should include a trip to your local fire station (me and my family are doing that tomorrow) the good thing about visiting the station is it can show your young frightened children that firefighters are just like you and me and even with a ton of gear they are good guys. You also need to teach your children the stop, drop, and roll plan. The next thing is to teach them to crawl out of a burning house instead of walking since smoke rises. You need to go through and review your escape plan once a month.

If every one in this nation would do this imagine how many lives could be saved. I will let you all know how our visit goes tomorrow since she is so easily frightened. I am hoping we will all learn something new and that it will instill the notion that firefighters are friends.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Truly cheap and easy way to make money.

The reason the I say this is cheap is because you do have to invest time and a little money. Please do not do this unless you really can. I was invited to BIDZ.COM I decided to try it out. I spent maybe 45 min on there and spent a total of $7.95. I purchased a white gold ring that had 4 heart shaped rubies in it. I also got a yellow gold necklace that was 16 in long and the charm on it was oval and said love and had a red gold rose on it. Now please remember I only spent $7.95 on both items. I went to my local pawn shop yesterday and sold the ring for a total of $225.00. What a huge profit and investment. I am sending the necklace to my mom for mothers day.

Yes this was my big news for today. I know to some it might not be much but for me since my husband has been out of work since November it was great for us.

If you decide to do this good luck.

Here are a few tips for you that I used. I only bid on items that were worse than $10.00.
I only bid on items that had less that 1 min on them because I was more likely to win it.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Free Pacific Rim Winemakers Calender Cube and Rules Book

You need to have a facebook account so if you do not you need to make one if you want these. It is easy to get either of these items all you need to do is click here fill out the form and get your calender. I think in is cute but am still waiting on it to arrive. The click here for their riesling rules book.

Free sample of Jarrow Formulas Dietary Supplments

These are really awesome and what can be better than getting a free sample. Click here and sign up for the news letter to get your free samples.

100 Free Disney Movie Rewards points

All you need to do is click here and enter these codes to earn 100 free Disney Rewards Points.
The codes are Popular, Partners, Wildflower, Online, Green.

Another apology

I guess this is the hard part of being a mom to a child with health problems. We have been so busy that I have not been on. I really do want to apologize and I do promise to be on time with my posts and more productive with my blog. Please bear with me as I continue to learn the ins and outs. I have something very exciting to share tomorrow. I look forward to hearing from you then.