Orchard Toys make Learning Fun

Orchard Toys ReviewEvery family has their “go-to” toys, family favorites, much loved, worn out games, puzzles and toys that will hold a treasured place in the memories of little hearts, forever. When you live in a special needs family; you really learn the value of time spent together, I don’t mean physically in the same place but that real sense of “together”, connecting on a level that spoken words can’t really describe. [Read more…]

The Hit List

Post Box Game

Post Box Game

Following on from my Review the other day of Orchard Toys “Farmyard Friends” Game I recieved many emails asking what games Conor first played with from Orchard Toys. There are so many brilliant games available on their website that it would be so hard to narrow it down to just a few games. I have created a short post on a few of the first games we used with Conor all those years ago. [Read more…]

A special Christmas List

When a look can say it all.x

When a look can say it all.x

Last Year was the first time I could tell Conor really understood what Christmas was all about. I will never forget his face on Christmas morning. He was so happy and I was thrilled for him.xx [Read more…]

A Special day at the Menlo

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Image Source- Special Heroes Ireland

A Special Day at the Menlo Park Hotel

To day I attended a brilliant Special Needs Exhibition organized by Special Heroes Ireland which took place in The Menlo Park Hotel, Galway. Proceeds raised by Special Heroes Ireland will go towards Santa Claus making very special home visits to children and adults with special needs who would love to meet Santa. x

As I have two super cute little boys with Special Needs I wanted to go along to find some new Therapy Tools that could help their language, sensory and fine motor needs. The event did not disappoint! x [Read more…]

Brownies

Brownies [Read more…]

Magic Maleficient

Hailey as Maleficient

Hailey as Maleficient

Halloween has been and gone, we all had sickly tummies after too much sweets and goodies to prove it! It was really nice this year as Baby Jack is older so could take part more so than he could last year. We started off the day early visiting both Granny’s house to Trick or Treat as Halloween is not Conor’s favorite time of year and he can get so wound up with all the noises and lights. So we went early in the day so he could enjoy it more.

Hailey of course had asked many weeks ago if I could make her a Magic Maleficient Costume! I can use a sewing machine but I am far from “professional” lol! So I knew it was going to be either a hit or miss situation. So on the wing of a prayer I got to sewing a black spooky type dress with a hood and also a cloak that left room for wings! The one mistake I made was not making the hood larger as the Character Maleficient has her full head covered in Black.  [Read more…]

Thoughtful

IMG_4299Before I was a mother, before I was a wife, I was me. That sounds strange to read and even stranger to write. What I mean is that before I took on all the roles I have now in my life I started out as me. There is one thing I have always surrounded myself from as far back as I can remember and that is “words”. I love to read, write and learn. I have always found it so easy to learn something if I have an interest in it. I am inspired by learning and more particularly I am inspired by words, quotes, books, poems, novels. My safe haven has always been between the pages of my next good “read”.  [Read more…]

Fine Motor

Fine Motor Toys

Fine Motor Toys – A List

The one thing I have learned since becoming a Special Needs Parent is that it is SO difficult to buy toys for Conor and Jack. Mainly because they have very rigid interests but also because they may not be physically or intellectually capable just yet for toys that are “normally” suitable for children their age.

Over the years when going to many Occupational Therapy Appointments with Conor and now with Jack I am privy to the host of fabulous toys the Therapists use to encourage children’s interaction, engagement but also to help them develop skills so many take for granted. [Read more…]

Halloween Competition

Coloring Comp

 

We LOVE Halloween in our house and we LOVE arts and crafts.x We have been super busy the last few days creating Halloween decorations for our Halloween Party.x You can buy so many lovely decorations in the shops but there is something extra special when they are homemade by little hands.x BW_silly_halloween_head1

As Halloween is almost upon us I wanted to have a Coloring Competition for your lovely little people. The Coloring Competition is open to all children of all abilities.x [Read more…]

Halloween Party Treats

Easy Halloween Treats

10 Easy Halloween Treats to make-

With Halloween just around the corner I have been researching some really tasty and fun Halloween Party Treats to make with Hailey and Conor. I would say with baby Jack too but he usually likes to sweep in, grab some goodies and go off to hide while he munches on them with a cute smile on his face.xcg183_04

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