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Friday Finds #4

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Back in full swing with a little bit of road trip, beach themed Friday Finds. Enjoy!


1) SwimZip Swimsuit - I found out about SwimZip on the hit ABC show Shark Tank. Eric and I secretly like to watch this show from time to time mostly because it's fairly entertaining to watch people take their dreams and make it big. What I love about these swim suits is the fact that they all have a zipper. They are all two pieces which makes getting to a g-button a lot easier as well. Caleigh's tight, chilly muscles after a spring swim makes it difficult to maneuver a one piece off of her so the zipper is really an awesome addition. These suits are all UPF 50+ and I'm really loving the long sleeve versions for our kayaking trips. They are reasonably priced at $29 and they have baby, toddler, kids and adult sizes. 

2) Car Seat Cinema - The car seat cinema is just what we needed on our last road trip. It easily holds an iPad or iPhone on the headrest of your vehicle front seat. Calm entertainment like books, music and movies are just simply hung in front of your kiddos. This would make traffic jams and hours in the car nicer on the whole family.

3) Deluxe Snack & Play Travel Tray - Can you tell I want to get away for a few days? This tray looks like it would be nice for Caleigh booster seat. Of course we would use it differently than the sweet little child in the photograph is. For Caleigh, she would want her fairies and maybe a few other baby dolls. Possibly some sensory beads or fidget type of toys. Snacks and drinks wouldn't fill the pockets, but maybe extra g-button pads and chewy tubes. I'm sure we could figure out a way to stock it.

4) Rockerski - This is pretty cool. Caleigh loves to rock, swing and move. The Rockerski would be a good option for that movement that she craves. I'm not sure that it would go high enough or fast enough for our girl, but for other kids and adults it might be a great break from the norm. I think it's a pretty genius invention.


DISCLAIMER: All items have not be used or tested by my family or myself unless otherwise stated. The above content is completely my wishful opinion. The coolness and adaptive capabilities of items that would relate to our family are based on my thoughts and creativity. I have not been paid or compensated in any way to showcase these items. Again, totally my opinion. Totally on my wishlist.


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Friday Finds #3

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1) Coral Pink Russian Dolls Lunch Box - How cute is this lunch box? I love it! Caleigh goes through several feeding pump backpacks a year. The Zevex feeding pump has their own mini backpack that we use for Caleigh's tube feedings throughout the day. Unfortunately, they just don't last very long. The zipper rips out and the material frays terribly. We usually order about three a year. I'm always on the lookout for a cute and functional bag that would work for our purposes. Since Caleigh doesn't use the backpack on her back this lunch box looks like it would work for us. Plus the Russian nesting dolls are adorable. Caleigh has her own set of Russian nesting dolls that her Pop brought back from a trip to Russia. The lunch box is insulated which would keep the formula cold throughout the day as well. I'm seriously considering this one. 

2) Toilet Training for Individuals with Autism or other Developmental Issues - I love any and all information on toilet training kiddos like Caleigh. So far we still work on the project. We've been officially potty training for years now. With Caleigh being tube fed potty training is hard. I will say that 95% of the time she does stool on the potty and probably about 40% of the time for urine. I'm wondering if this book covers children that are non-mobile? Who knows, maybe it may hold some winning tips that I haven't seen before.

3) Cargo Bike from trioBike - What can I say about the trioBike? Out of all the cargo bicycles out there this one has the modern look, the adaptability and really it just has the cool factor. I've been drooling over this bike for awhile now. Sadly for us this bike is made and sold in Denmark. You can build your own bike customizing colors, accessories and more coolness on their website. From what I can tell the cost of one of these entering our home here in Texas would be somewhere around 4-5K. It's unfortunate price really because I've had just enough time to dream about riding around with Caleigh actually seeing what is in front of her.

4) Firefly GoTo Seat - The GoTo Seat looks like a great positioning device for kids like Caleigh. I've added it to my Friday Finds post even though Caleigh has outgrown the two available sizes. I'm going to keep an eye on this product and hope that it comes out in larger sizes. As of now, we lug around Caleigh's Special Tomato chair. It goes with us to numerous places like homes, restaurants and kayaking. If something so thin could come with us easier we would snatch it up in a heartbeat. 


DISCLAIMER: All items have not be used or tested by my family or myself unless otherwise stated. The above content is completely my wishful opinion. The coolness and adaptive capabilities of items that would relate to our family are based on my thoughts and creativity. I have not been paid or compensated in any way to showcase these items. Again, totally my opinion. Totally on my wishlist.


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Friday Finds #2

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Have a Happy Friday with another addition of Friday Finds!

Image Source: 1) Sand Box by Brookstone 2) Short Reach Slant Board 3) Cozy Posy HugglePod HangOut 4) Koopy Spring Scissors

1) Short Reach Slant Board - I love the idea of having a slant board that is smaller and shorter. Caleigh's shoulders and elbows don't always extend out as far as she would like. I think this board would work great on the stander tray. Painting would possibly be easier. I picture a lot uses within our daily homeschool routine. 

2) Koopy Safety Scissors - Caleigh has a version of these scissors although these look much better. See that purple area there? When you squeeze the scissors to make a cut, the purple piece helps push the scissors open again without the user having to use a lot of pressure to open the hand. I like these and at $8.99 for a pack, I'll probably be adding them to our art supply collection soon. 

3) Cozy Pozy HugglePod HangOut - Caleigh has almost outgrown her Ikea Ekorre swing. She rarely asks to swing in it anymore. With warmer weather we use the hammock like it's going out of style. The HugglePod HangOut seems like the natural big brother to the Ikea swing with the benefit of it being used inside and out. Plus it looks like a beautiful flower, and I can only imagine the pretend fairy play that could happen within it.

4) Sand Box - This Sand Box is sold at Brookstone and it's just really amazing. It's kinetic sand that doesn't get everywhere. It's wet, but it isn't. It flows, but it stretches. This is just plain cool. The sensory benefits of this mixture would be amazing and the cleanliness of it makes me smile. 


DISCLAIMER: All items have not be used or tested by my family or myself unless otherwise stated. The above content is completely my wishful opinion. The coolness and adaptive capabilities of items that would relate to our family are based on my thoughts and creativity. I have not been paid or compensated in any way to showcase these items. Again, totally my opinion. Totally on my wishlist.


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Friday Finds #1

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I present to you my first installment of Friday Finds. I've decided that almost daily I come across items, services and ideas that would be great for so many of my readers to know about. All of my research for Caleigh and her needs doesn't always end with a purchase. If it did, frankly we would be living in a dumpster right about now.

There are tons of bookmarks, notes and Pinterest Pins just waiting for me to revisit and reevaluate for the now. 

So what about all the other things that might work if we pulled the trigger and made the purchase? What about my wishlist for Caleigh?  

I want to share these things in hopes of feedback, opinions and just general knowledge and ideas for you, our readers. 


1) Chewbeads - Ultra stylish, touch, tug and chew safe jewelry. In regards to Caleigh's needs, they make a Junior line of necklaces and bracelets. The necklaces in particular would be great for Caleigh when she is really grinding her teeth. SO much better than me putting my finger in there to stop the madness. Made of silicone, and without all the chemical nastiness; these are really affordable. I've got my eye on the Bleecker JR necklace in Chartreuse pictured above. These are totally Caleigh's favorite colors right now. 

2) Google Smart Contact Lens Project - Google is "now testing a smart contact lens thatโ€™s built to measure glucose levels in tears using a tiny wireless chip and miniaturized glucose sensor that are embedded between two layers of soft contact lens material." This was one of those wow moments when I first came across the article. Caleigh has blood glucose problems due to her Short Bowel Syndrome. This issue has been very erratic for her. If at some point a contact lens could warn us that she is dumping her sugars.....wow. That would be an amazing moment. Thanks to Google for heading in this direction. 

3) Baby Brezza - This was a Pinterest find this week. Now I know that most of my special needs friends have kiddos that either eat typically or are tube fed. Most of my tube fed friends have safely transitioned to canned liquid PediaSure. Just pop the top, right? I'm a bit jealous of that one by the way. For the others and those with new babies on the way I give you the Baby Brezza. It is basically a Kreurig for your formula. Pop in the formula and water and tell it how many ounces you want. Bam & Done. Every morning for the last six years (give or take) I have made a day's worth of formula for Caleigh and then refrigerated the big jug of Elecare, and I will continue down this path for the foreseeable future. Caleigh gets about 10 ounces per feed and her recipe is rather complicated. So I'm unsure about it working for us, but the idea of something like the Baby Brezza doing the work for you is pretty exciting. One of the biggest selling points for me was the claim that it mixes the formula and water with the least amount of air bubbles possible. Air is Bad.  That's genius in this short gut mom's mind. 

4) Yogibo - With Caleigh's hip having problems I've been on the lookout for comfortable seating. No longer is Caleigh comfortable slouching on our couch or hanging out on the floor. We own a bean bag that works, but the positioning is pretty terrible. Caleigh tends to slide right on out of it. Enter the YogiMax. It can be a chair, couch, recliner or bed. It appears to me that I would be able to create a type of pummel for Caleigh to prevent the sliding. Yogibo has many products that look enticing for comfortable lounging around the house. 

There you have it. My first Friday Finds. Do you own any of these? What are your thoughts? Let me know what you think in the comments below. 


DISCLAIMER: All items have not be used or tested by my family or myself unless otherwise stated. The above content is completely my wishful opinion. The coolness and adaptive capabilities of items that would relate to our family are based on my thoughts and creativity. I have not been paid or compensated in any way to showcase these items. Again, totally my opinion. Totally on my wishlist.


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