Calling all MOMS! Where Do You Shop For Your Boys?

Ok Moms I am on a mission would you like to join me?  As you can see I have a boys graphic tshirt from Carters pictured to the left.  Now I am only speaking for myself but I am personally tired of going shopping for my son who will be 6 yrs old in a week and when I want to just buy him some tshirts these are the kinds of tshirts that are available.


I mean everywhere you go, no matter what store you go to Gap, Macy’s, Target, JcPenneys wherever this is all you see for boys for the summer.  I know that boys are rough with their clothes and yes they are boys, but there has to be better options out there.  Girls seem to have such a wide range of clothes to choose from.  Even my husband had mentioned one time we were in the Disney Store at the mall, that “there seems to be more to choose from for the girls”.  Why is that? 


I know I probably spend way too much time thinking about this but I like for my son to look nice.   I want him to be comfortable but be presentable.  I’m not in to dressing him in skull heads (pictured to the right) and stuff like that, he doesn’t even know what that is nor do I want him to.  I fully believe that if you take the time to teach your child to look nice and to take care of their stuff at a young age, they will continue that as they grow up.


I found this shirt online at Old Navy and I like it.  They have a white one with a tiger face on the back.  I think it’s nice it looks comfortable and for $10 it’s really a steal.  You can dress this up or down.  It’s cute and different.









Now I know that the “skater look” is all about the hoodies and skulls (which I just mentioned above that I don’t like), but I did come across a nice tshirt from Shaun White (who as we all know and love the cute, long red-hair snowboarder from the Olympics).  He has a clothing line out with Target.  Which I do like to shop at Target, so I was surprised I have never seen his clothes before.  But this shirt is nice.  You can definitely layer this or just wear it alone.  But the great thing is the price.  Online this shirt is available at Target for $8.99.  So for a more casual look this might be a nice way to go.

The other problem I have with my son is that he is fairly on the tall, lean side so I need to look for shorts and pants that have the adjustable waist.  They are becoming more easier to find but can be a little more expensive.








But I have to say my favorite look for my son is the madras shorts or plaid shorts. I absolutely love this look from CDW Kids.  But they are fairly expensive, so that’s my point.  How do you dress your son in a reasonably priced way but not give up quality and look?


I would love to hear your thoughts, and where you shop for your son.


Becoming A First-Time Mom and Things To Consider Regarding Your Job

Becoming a first-time mom when you have a successful career can be a big adjustment. You have worked so hard to get where you are at on the ladder, and now life has a different “path” for you – motherhood. Whether this was a planned event or not, there are certain things that need to be arranged in order to make accommodations for your new arrival.


Job Considerations

Whether you are a high-level executive or a shift worker there are certain discussions that need to take place with your employer and human resource department:


Maternity leave – know what your company will offer under the Family and Medical Leave Act
Medical Benefits – will your medical benefits continue while on maternity leave or if you even have company benefits? Or will you need to start making adjustments to pay for your own health insurance?


Need More Maternity Time – what will you do if you need more time, will the company extend your leave and for how long?


Be honest – with your employer so if you decide you want to come back you have a good departing relationship and there should be no issues before you leave. Maybe draw a “good faith” contract with your employer stating upon your return, they agree to offer you your same job/salary when you return. Some companies may need to fill your job in the interim (it’s job security).


Contractual Obligations – know what contractual obligations you are under if you signed a contract at the beginning of employment. Some companies could seek repayment of benefits if you do not return.


Flex Time – knowing that financially and just for your own sanity you still may want to return to work, but maybe part-time or on a mutually agreed upon basis. I would talk to your employer before leaving and again it’s always nice to have something it writing to fall back on if needed. Clearly layout your plan and what it will take on both ends to get the work done. For example: telecommuting office setup at home, internet coverage, phone costs, etc. How many hours you will work and identify those hours. You need to make sure with a new baby that you are not being interrupted during naptime or feeding times. Maybe look to have a Nanny or family member helping you during the “work times” so it will show your commitment to the company and your job.


In the meantime up until your maternity take care of yourself and enjoy being a first-time mom!


Eva Longoria Supports the 2011 Toys”R”Us Differently-Abled Catalog

Toys “R” Us releases their special needs toy guide for 2011.

For nearly 20 years, Toys“R”Us, Inc. has provided parents of special needs children, caregivers and gift-givers with reliable toy recommendations for the children that have special needs in their lives through the Toys“R”Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids®. Continuing that tradition, today the company announced the launch of the 2011 edition of the Guide featuring actress and philanthropist Eva Longoria on the cover, alongside Elijah De La Cerda, a 5-year-old boy with Down syndrome from Fresno, CA.

The toys that are pictured in this special needs toy guide are great to help with gross motor,  fine motor skills, auditory, social skills and more.

Occupational therapists, as well as physical therapists use a lot of the toys suggested in this catalog for their therapies.  It features specially selected toys that encourage play for children with physical, cognitive or developmental disabilities.  These special needs toys can help children with fine motor planning, strength, stability and much more.

Go to this page to see the different categories that are being addressed by these special needs toys.

The holidays are around the corner so you can help buy the perfect gift for your child, grandchild, niece or friend that has special needs by purchasing a gift that can really help with their development and the joy, by purchasing from the Toys”R”Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids.

Is The “Little Mermaid” Play An Age Appropriate Field Trip For Kingergartners?


Today I went with my son on his first Kindergarten field trip, and it was to see the high school performance of “Little Mermaid.”  I have to say I was a little disappointed that this was their field trip.  I didn’t really know what to expect, but I was very taken back.  I didn’t feel it was an age appropriate field trip for 5 and 6 year olds, probably not for 7 and 8 years as well.


I looked around about midway through the show and there were kids crying or scared, because it was at times scary, dark and it was somewhat violent. The word “stupid” was used by Ursula which really bothered me since I have a child with Down Syndrome.  We try to teach our kids about words that are hurtful and here are high school kids using it in a play.


Yes I know it’s a play and it wasn’t real but since it was a field trip parents, were not there to talk to their kids or just make sure they were okay.  I can’t say their was a really great message that it was giving either to these impressionable minds.


Now don’t get me wrong I love Disney, in fact we are taking our family there for springbreak.  However, I think there are better productions that Disney has created that are simple, fun and have some educational meaning to them.


I brought this up to our PTO tonight and a parent asked me well do you have any better suggestions, and I said “yes I know there was no cost to the parents but why don’t we take them to the Humane Society and they can clean the animals, walk them and feed them, teaching them about responsibility or the youth orchestra can come to the school and perform or the choir can sing.  There are definitely better options out there than this.”  I said that” if this was the only option then I would rather they not go, or look at the entire audience of children attending these kinds of events, because there were some older children and make a better judgement if it’s appropriate for all.”


We have to learn how to protect our children or we can’t complain about the behaviors they demonstrate if this is what they see and hear.  I guess I just expected better judgement on the part of the school.




I dedicate this poem to my beautiful son who is truly a blessing sent to us from God.  We are thankful everyday that we were chosen to be the parents of  heaven’s very special child.


by Edna Massionilla

A meeting was held quite far from Earth

It was time again for another birth.

Said the Angels to the Lord above –

“This special child will need much love.

His progress may be very slow

Accomplishment he may not show.

And he’ll require extra care

                                        From the folks he meets down there.

                                         He may not run or laugh or play

                                     His thoughts may seem quite far away

                                      So many times he will be labeled different, helpless and disabled.

                                        So, let’s be careful where he’s sent.

                                       We want his life to be content.

                                    Please, Lord, find the parents who

                                     Will do a special job for you.

                                     They will not realize right away

                                   The leading role they are asked to play.

                                 But with this child sent from above

                                Comes stronger faith, and richer love.

                               And soon they’ll know the privilege given

                                In caring for their gift from heaven.

                              Their precious charge, so meek and mild

                             Is heaven’s very special child.”


As my husband and I sat in church this weekend with our son, our parish was announcing the confirmation class.  My husband mentioned to me that he wanted our son to have the opportunity to live a religious life and take part in a religious education class.  We still have some time as our son is only 5 1/2 but we wondered if our church would be able to work with us in helping to prepare him.  Then I came across this product and I thought wow what a wonderful thing.

I wanted to share this with all of you in case any of you may be wondering the same thing.  I plan to purchase this and will share with you our experience.  But here is information on the Adaptive First Eucharist Preparation Kit.  The story behind this is truly inspiring.  It began as 14-year-old Brian Rizzo’s 2008 Eagle Scout Project as he developed a special needs library at his parish, inspired by his younger sister Danielle who has autism. Working with his parents, they developed a series of learning tools to be used by children preparing to celebrate First Eucharist. The tools help catechists to ensure that children with special needs meet the USCCB requirements for First Eucharist which are the ability to distinguish the Holy Eucharist from ordinary food and to receive the Eucharist reverently. Loyola Press proudly and happily developed the Adaptive First Eucharist Preparation Kit based on Brendan’s work.




Introducing Your Special Needs Child to the School Community

School has already started for us, but in some states your school may be just beginning.  So have you thought about how you can share your child with school personnel?  Ok well what do I mean by that.  Let’s say your child has an instructional aide or some person who supports them during school.  What happens if that aide is absent or goes on vacation and the school brings in a new aide that has never met your child.  What plan do you have in place or does that teacher have in place to acquaint the substitute to your child?

I came across this very situation the other day.  I always walk my son to his classroom and get him ready for his day while waiting for his aide.  But today I noticed there was a new girl that came to the classroom looking like a deer in the headlights, and the teacher asked her who she was.  She said she was the substitute aide.  So the teacher proceeded to ask her if the aide left her any notes about my son and she replied “no”.  So it got me thinking well there needs to be a piece of paper that tells about my son’s routine, schedule, personality, likes/dislikes.

I talked to an advocate who has helped me in the past with my case conference if she knew of anything that people have used, and she forwarded me the attached. FAST -introducing your child to the school community

Here is a blank form for you to fill out and give to your child’s aide, teachers, school personnel etc.  Just save it on your computer and fill it out as needed. Student Snapshot

I think this is a great form to fill out and either keep in your child’s backpack or have the teacher keep in a folder in the classroom.

Hope you find it helpful.

Eva Longoria Supports the 2011 Toys”R”Us Toy Guide for Differently Abled Kids

As a company that loves all kids, Toys”R”Us, Inc. has a long history of supporting the special needs community. For nearly 20 years, they have published the annual Toys”R”Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids, an easy-to-use resource featuring specially selected toys that encourage play for children with physical, cognitive or developmental disabilities.

You may click here to view the 2011 catalog online.

After viewing the catalog it’s nice to see that some of the toys my son has are in the catalog and I see a few that I have already put on his christmas list.

Thanks Toys”R”Us for making such a wonderful catalog that parents of children with special needs can feel confident about the toys that they purchase are reviewed by experts and have specific benefits that they provide our children.  Whether it be from a gross motor perspective or from a social skills level.  We can feel confident that if Toys”R”Us is recommending them then they have to have to be good.

Great choice for your cover love it.