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Teal Pumpkin Project®-Help Bring Joy to a Child’s Halloween

Help Bring Joy to a Child’s Halloween with the Teal Pumpkin Project

While many children and families experience so much fun and excitement with Halloween, it can be a hard time for those with food allergies and other disabilities. My son, Easton, is autistic and has food allergies, making Halloween doubly hard. We weren’t able to participate in the traditional way of trick or treating until my […]

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Saying Goodbye- Mom at a Crossroads

Mom at a Crossroads: As You Say Goodbye to Each Stage of Motherhood

No matter what stage of life you are in as a mom, there are so many times or situations in life you find yourself saying goodbye. Goodbye to the last time being pregnant. Farewell to the last time you will change a diaper. No more sweet smelling babies, and off to the terrible twos and threes. Saying goodbye as your baby […]

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Fair Food on a Stick: Kid-Happy, Allergy-Friendly Food | Des Moines Moms Blog

Fair Food on a Stick: Kid-Happy, Allergy-Friendly Food

What do you think of when you think of Iowa State Fair? Fair Food! Honestly, I have never been for multiple reasons. First, due to Easton’s special needs, crowds and strange places and people were too overwhelming and not an option until now. Second, we are not native to Iowa and have only been here in […]

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Kindergarten Prep

5 Ideas for Having Fun with Kindergarten Prep This Summer

The thought of prepping for kindergarten and doing school type stuff over the summer just sends a chill up my spine. I want to have no agenda and just enjoy time with my baby before he goes off to school for a full day, but after one month of summer his little body is craving structure […]

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Autism Awareness Part 2: Supports and Resources | Des Moines Moms Blog

Autism Awareness Part 2: Supports and Resources

As a continuation to Autism Awareness Part 1: Living a Life Unknown, and driving Autism Awareness, I wanted to offer in this post a source of supports and resources that have minimized our son from the anxiety and behavioral problems that have resulted from his fear and anxiety and inability to see the world as we see […]

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