Tablet stand, Pen & Note holder, and Store-it box

24 Jul

Hey ya’ll! This evening I am reviewing a few office supplies that will go great with your tablets and your office stationary-The Steelmaster tablet stand, the Pen and Note Holder, and the Store-It Box.

The tablet stand  is very solid and does exactly what it’s supposed to do, it holds your iPad or tablet.

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The Pen and Note Holder also does exactly what it says, it holds and sorts your favorite pens, pencils, and any paperwork or mail you may have.

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The Store-It Box just may be the thing that keeps my family from eating all of the sweets in the house. It’s built well and there’s a lock and key so you can guard your goods! Shh!! Don’t tell my boys about this!! ;)

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3 in 1 Planner by Bislique

24 Jul

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I recently received some awesome office supplies for review including the genius 3 in 1 planner by Bislique. It is a super cool multi-purpose planner that has already made it’s way in as a staple of my living room. Unlike similar planners I’ve owned, this planner has a dry erase calender, note area, cork board, AND, it is also magnetic. It can sit on a deck or be mounted to the wall. All of your note, scraps, and spare little pieces of paper will finally have a home on this cool 3-in-1 planner.

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Check back to my review section for reviews on various items household items,  medical supplies,  office stationary, and more.

*I received these products free of charge in order to conduct this review. All opinions expressed are my own, pinky swear! :)

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Small Town Love

1 Jul

We went for a little drive today so I decided to shoot a little corner of our cozy little farm town. Hope you enjoy!

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Uses and Benefits of Cedarwood Oil

26 Jun

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Cedarwood oil is probably one of my favorite ‘weapons’  in my little essential oils arsenal. I bought it after finding it through my autism research and Dr. Terry Friedman’s ADHD study on Vetiver, Lavender, and Cedarwood oils. In the study, each oil had pretty impressive results and they all pair well together so they can all be used simultaneously for possibly even better results. It helps to calm my son and even his mood out.

Cedarwood oil benefits nearly every system in the body so it has made it’s way into my essential oil routine as well. Cedarwood is absolutely amazing for respiratory issues and I speak from experience! I have a lung that has collapsed in the past and I still have issues with it still from time to time. I have really noticed a difference since using the oil. I think it’s partly because it’s an expectorant so it helps to remove all that nasty crap that can build up in your respiratory system.

Cedarwood oil is great for skin conditions and disorders because it has astringent and antiseptic properties. It relaxes the skin as well as toning and cleansing it of impurities. It’s great for eczema, psoriasis, cellulite, acne, colds, coughs, and practically every other skin issue you can think of. It’s also antisborrhoeic which means it can normalize sweat gland secretion.

 

This oil is a well known nervine tonic that has the ability to relax the nervous system and offers sedative qualities from being inhaled.  Cedarwood clinical trial in Japan

For more info on other essential oils click here.

 

We love Cedarwood oil, do you?

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InstaNatural’s Awesome Argan Oil Hair Treatment and Elixir

20 Jun

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

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For the past couple of weeks I’ve been using InstaNatural Argan Oil hair Treatment & Elixir and no lie, I am absolutely obsessed! I’m gonna warn ya though, this stuff is absolute hair crack!! Once you get it you are going to HAVE to have more! Before using it I was using regular unrefined coconut oil, which worked great but this stuff is even better! Not only does it have argan oil, one of the most popular oils in hair care right now, it also has shea butter, coconut oil, jojoba oil, olive oil & grapeseed oil to name a few. AND, everything in the treatment is 100% plant based so ya know I’m down!!

I swear by natural products, especially where skin and hair care are concerned! It only makes sense to me that a natural product would be more gentle and helpful to my hair than something loaded with chemicals. So what I’m really trying to say is…

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I color my hair a lot and it’s also naturally curly so it’s super dry by nature anyhow. The InstaNatural oil has actually given my sad hair life again! I’ve been using it religiously as a pre-shampoo. I saturate my hair with it when it’s dry, leave it on for ten minutes or so, then I shower and wash and condition my hair like I normally would. I typically use a flat iron or hair dryer and the oils help to protect your hair from the heat. Sometimes I also saturate my hair with the treatment and then wrap my hair up and sleep with the oil in. I wash and condition after I get up in the morning.

It’s also great for fly-aways! Just put a tiny bit on your hand and rub your hands together and smooth them over your hair.

I really can’t say enough about this product. I don’t buy many beauty products because i’m trying to stay away from chemicals and toxins but since it’s all natural, this is something I would actually buy. When my bottle is gone I definitely will be getting me some more!

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

The unspoken truths of autism.

18 Jun

At night time, after the house gets quiet and everyone has gone to bed, my mind races and I sit awake by myself thinking about my family and our life together. I think about the hands that we’ve all been dealt, good and bad. I think about my view on autism, life, and the world and I think about how much it’s changed and evolved over the years.

Tonite I’ve been thinking a lot about the different faces we have met along this winding path.

Our amazing, handsome, thriving baby boy Bug (who isn’t quite a baby anymore) is twelve years old now so we have lived through quite a few years of experiences with parents and experts in the autism community. I wish I could tell you all that everyone has been fantastic along the way but I’m a ‘keep it real’ kinda momma and writer so in true Rockin Mom style, I’m gonna just lay it out exactly how it has all happened.

In the beginning of our journey I had this trumped up, fairy tale fantasy in my head that all the autism parents, doctors, and families would instantly just bond together for the sake of the cause and for the sake of our beloved family members who have autism. I am really sad to tell you that in our experience, it hasn’t always been that way with some of the people we’ve met along the way. I am also sad and ashamed to tell you that there was a time that I feel like I was a part of that very problem.

In the earlier years after Bug’s diagnosis, looking back, there were situations where I know I let my emotions and personal issues get in the way of my advocacy and my ability to help others. That just plain sucks no matter how ya slice it.

The big unspoken truth is, people are people and in this life with autism, a lot of us are still very emotional and raw. I was one of those people and some days I still am. I still feel hurt and wounded some days but mostly these days I feel like a kickass fucking autism warrior!!! :)

There are those people in our lives who aren’t on our same journey but they cross our path none the less. Even in the asd world, everybody isn’t always gonna have your back. It sucks, but it’s true and it’s what’s real.

There’s one big experience in particular that comes to mind to better explain to you what I mean.

Still to this day it burns to the corners of my mind like a brand. It was our first autism screening. We waited for almost a year to see a big name doctor who yawned through our whole appointment and ultimately told us Bug wasn’t autistic because he had a sense of humor and was attached to me. Thanks for the diagnonsense, asshat. We waited without answers, on edge, for MONTHS and MONTHS for 5 minutes of this man’s time and he dismissed us and suggested we put our child on totally unnecessary meds. We were absolutely crushed and devastated. We had been on hold for all that time and we just felt defeated and helpless. We wasted precious time.

The face of someone who didn’t care enough even though it was his job.

Before I got serious about my website I was in a sorta autism ‘clique’ online with some VERY intelligent women and a few men in the asd community. They were all extremely well versed on all things autism and I was more than happy to soak up every ounce of information they could offer me and share our experiences and knowledge in return. I felt I had made some real true friends who understood my life. When I finally launched rockinmomsworld.com everyone was very supportive and seemed to be genuinely excited for me. Several of the people in the ‘group’ knew I had been working towards a degree in graphic design and was finally achieving my ultimate goal with launching my site, but after I began to gain a little attention I noticed my little ‘clique’ began to quickly disappear. The more popular my site and my Facebook page became, the fewer ‘friends’ I had in my little online asd clique. Along the way I’ve come to understand not to take it personally. There’s a lot of competition where websites and blogs are concerned, even in the autism world. To some people, the cause just isn’t as important as personal success. It’s not something I understand and I don’t think I will ever understand it but it’s something I’ve learned to come to terms with because based on other experiences I’ve been through, I have a good idea it’s not changing.

The faces of the ones who walk your path, but who aren’t really on your side.

There have also been a lot of ‘snake charmers’ along the way as well. Ya know, the kind of people who swear they can help but run the first time you ask a question they can’t answer. There have been people who supported us until we disagreed on therapy methods, diet, etc.
People who looked down at us in stores and restaurants and told us to ‘control our kid’. There have been people who have mocked me and tried to hurt my reputation when I disagreed with something based on our own personal experiences. There have been professionals who have treated us like second hand citizens. There have even been people who have gotten extremely mad and hateful towards us for simply not doing things the way suggested to it.

The faces of the people on the other side of brides I’ve burnt.

The autism world is still the world… It almost feels like an exclusive biodome we’re all living in sometimes but in all actuality that isn’t the way it works. We’re still in the real world and there are still the faces of assholes, liars, cheats, and thieves.

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Another unspoken truth of autism is how much the other people in the community make up for the assholes, liars, cheats, and thieves. There actually ARE some of those fairy tale fantasy people who are always there for you and have your back! There have been people in the community who have lifted us up when we really needed them. There have been people who have dedicated their time, their sweat, and their love to my child and so many others. There are TRUE ANGELS in the community who are instrumental in the progress of how we all view autism and our loved one’s lives.

The faces of true, real life heroes. The faces that keep me going.

…Brings to mind one of my most favorite quotes that my regular readers have definitely read here before- The sweet just ain’t as sweet without the sour.

So with that said, today I thank all the faces we’ve seen along the way because you’ve lead us to here.

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DIY Minecraft Party! Part ONE

12 Jun

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Like most kids his age, my son is totally OBSESSED with any and all things Minecraft so, of course, we are having a Minecraft themed birthday party for him! Everything pictured above was made fairly cheap with simple supplies that I had around the house!

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The party bags are envelopes, and green cardstock paper with creeper face drawn on with sharpies. I applied the creepers faces to the envelopes with modge podge.

The masks are pieces of cardboard with construction paper modge podged to them. I used another long strip of cardboard folded in half to make the handle. I covered the handles with construction paper and then stapled and modged podged them to the head pieces.

The creeper toss was made out of an old lamp shade frame but I think a small trash can would work just as well. I covered it with green craft paper from smartfab and stapled a creeper face to it that I made with cardstock paper and a sharpie.

The “sandbags” for the creeper toss game are made from red and white felt sewn together. I didn’t have sand so I used popcorn kernels in ziplock bags to weigh them down. I wrote TNT on the white felt with sharpies.

The invitations are simply green cardstock with black cardstock creeper faces modge podged to them.

The pinata is just an old cardboard box. I cut part of the back of it out and replaced the cardboard with heavy duty green construction paper. Then, I covered the box with green construction paper, added green construction paper strips to give it more of a pinata look, and then added a black construction paper creeper face. Finally, I added a hanger to the top of the box.

 

After the big day I will post a part two of this post that will include our cake and everything else!! Hope you can find some inspiration for your own Minecraft party!

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