Did you guess it from the title? Yep. Me. 40 plus one. As in: four decades plus one year. I know, I know – you’d nevvvver say it by looking at me, would you? ;-) Last year, I didn’t write anything about turning 40, which seems a more logical milestone for writing something like this. But, I ignored the entire… Read More
I know, what does that have to do with decorating, right? Well, it doesn’t.
But given that it’s a day to raise awareness about autism, and that I have an (albeit small) audience to share some awareness with, I couldn’t let the day pass without addressing it. Even if you were expecting a decorating post, I’d love for you to stick around just a few more minutes. I promise to keep it short.
When I grew up in the 70s/80s, I don’t think I really even heard about autism. It makes sense, though, since back then, the estimated autism rate was 4 in 10,000 (1980). So the chances that you ‘knew’ somebody who’d been diagnosed with autism were slim. (But that doesn’t mean you didn’t.)
In any case, the first introduction that most of us had to autism was the movie Rain Man. I was in high school at the time, and I remember Rain Man well. For me, and for most adults my age and older, this is the stereotype that stuck. Even 25 years later, Dustin Hoffman’s portrayal of an autistic man with extreme math skills, poor social skills and obsession with routine is the association most people make with autism.
Fast forward to 2013.
Now, in my own children’s generation, and perhaps yours’, the rate of autism is estimated 1 in 50 or higher, with boys being 4x more likely to be diagnosed than girls.
No that wasn’t a typo. It’s 1 in 50.
My intention is not to go into all the reasons why this is so; but you can read about the theories here.
Instead, the point I want to make is that there are now hundreds of thousands more children out there who’ve been diagnosed with autism since our school days. Yet, for the most part, the same 1980s stereotype remains. I know this because it was a stereotype that I held too.
That was until Autism Spectrum Disorder touched my life. MORE
If you live somewhere that has a real winter like I do, you know how great it is to escape from the snow, even if it’s just for a few days!
Last week, I was lucky enough to spend a few days in Miami while my husband was there for work. It was the first time we both left our kids since our twin boys were born over 3 years ago. I fretted a lot about leaving them, but once I got set up on the beach, it didn’t take me long to adjust, LOL.
I’ve been to Florida lots of times (that’s kinda what you do when you’re Canadian!), but I’d never spent time in Miami. I have to say, it’s one cool city.
We stayed on South Beach which is famous for it’s ‘Art Deco’ architecture. I’ve always heard the term, I never truly understood what elements make a building “art deco”. But after seeing blocks and blocks of these retro buildings, READ MORE
One of the fun things about having a decorating blog is that it holds you to task on projects that might otherwise get half-finished (or not done at all). Rhoda, at Southern Hospitality holds a link-up every year at this time to look back at bloggers’ favorite DIY and home decor projects of the year. I thought I’d join in and take a look back at some of the projects I managed to accomplish amid the daily circus that is 3 kids and a dog!
This DIY painted wall canvas with the inspirational quote, “Love Conquers All”, was one of my most visited posts in 2012, which came as a surprise because it was an unplanned, spur-of-the-moment project. The interest in this project was one of the reasons I later decided to do a whole series on DIY Wall Art Ideas in October 2012.
Much to our kids’ delight, I also finished decorating our renovated basement. I was thrilled when it was later featured at Apartment Therapy (Family), as well as on RemodelAholic and Home Stories A 2 Z .
For more, see:
- Colorful Basement Family Room: House Peeping #2 (Room Tour)
- Featured at Apartment Therapy: Our Colorful, Play-Inspired Basement Family Room!
- Our ‘Alphabet-Inspired’ Basement Stairway Gallery Wall
With my dad’s help (thanks dad!), we also re-painted our entire main floor in a new color scheme of blue, gray/grey, and cream – using Benjamin Moore Woodlwan Blue, Navajo White, Silver Fox and Revere Pewter. It provided great entertainment for our 2-year old boys!
I was really happy with how it all turned out, and showed the results in a couple of posts about the living room and the kitchen.
Are you going to be traveling with children / flying with children this summer? How about traveling with a toddler? Well, we just returned from a 10- day trip with our three kids, including our 8-year old daughter and two-year-old twin boy toddlers. For what its worth, I thought I’d share 5 tips on how to travel with a toddler… Read More
I generally like having birthdays. I’ve never been one of those “oh please don’t make a big deal about it” kinda girls. I’m not gonna lie, I like me some ice cream cake from Dairy Queen with the crunchy chocolate filling. Oooh, and, cards from friends and family, and presents wrapped in pretty ribbon. Yup, as long as there’s cake and cards… Read More