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Hanging my shingle~I’m for hire! IEP assistance for parents

I have some exciting news! I didn’t mention it back in the spring, but now I am….A Day in our Shoes is now open as a Special Education Advocacy and Disabilities Consulting service business! Cool, huh? Several months ago I made the decision to leave the non-profit that I was working for and go out […]

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Halloween Activities for Families~Philadelphia, Chester County, Delaware

It has become popular in recent years for area malls and shopping districts to have designated Trick-or-Treat times. I guess more parents are worried about safety and more businesses are trying to reach potential customers. In any event, it means more free candy for your kids and another opportunity for them to wear their costumes. […]

best places for apple picking

31 Best Places to go apple picking and apple picking farms/orchards

I love this time of year! We are busy every single weekend and I love it. Sure, it gets tiring but I just remind myself that in a few short months we could possibly be home-bound for quite some time due to winter weather. We love going apple picking and I love coming home with […]

slow cooker corn potato chowder

{Friday Food} potato and corn chowder recipe for the slow cooker~with bacon of course!

Like most of my recipes, this recipe for potato and corn chowder in the slow cooker is modified. Mind you, I’m no culinary genius. What usually happens is this–I go to make a recipe, and I don’t have all the ingredients. So I modify it. Sometimes it’s fantastic. Sometimes…notsomuch. I don’t write those up though. […]

  1. Hanging my shingle~I’m for hire! IEP assistance for parents
  2. {TGIF} Fun Friday Blog Giveaway Linkup~weekend of September 12
  3. Weekly listing of free or frugal fun family activities~weekend of September 19
  4. Thoughtful Thursday~September 18

IEP & NOREP-school age

some “light reading” for your holiday weekend~IEP and back to school

summer school extended school year

In case you are not on my email list (and why not??) then you missed this information that I emailed out the other night. It’s every IEP post that we’ve ever done here. It’s back to school time, which also means back to IEP time. I know it’s a holiday weekend, but it’s also a […]

Coming this fall: Inclusive Education webinar series FREE!

inclusive education

This was sent to me in an email and is just too good to not pass along– It’s a free webinar series about inclusive education. This fall, Brookes Publishing is teaming up with The Inclusive Class blog for a series of four free 1-hour webinars on K-12 inclusive education! Get invaluable insights from top experts […]

“Pets in the Classroom” grant opportunities for teachers from Pet Supplies Plus

pets in the classroom

I came across this opportunity for teachers and principals and thought it was too cute not to share. I love animals and they can play such an important role in kids’ lives, particularly when it comes to learning. I have previously been involved with PAWS for People and helped them pilot a program for parents […]

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Fun & Recreation

Halloween Activities for Families~Philadelphia, Chester County, Delaware

halloween activities chester county

It has become popular in recent years for area malls and shopping districts to have designated Trick-or-Treat times. I guess more parents are worried about safety and more businesses are trying to reach potential customers. In any event, it means more free candy for your kids and another opportunity for them to wear their costumes. […]

31 Best Places to go apple picking and apple picking farms/orchards

best places for apple picking

I love this time of year! We are busy every single weekend and I love it. Sure, it gets tiring but I just remind myself that in a few short months we could possibly be home-bound for quite some time due to winter weather. We love going apple picking and I love coming home with […]

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Moms Demand Action

The New Normal Is Unacceptable

moms demand action banner

Earlier this month, I flew from Pennsylvania to Denver to participate in the Moms Demand Action leadership boot camp. There, I met 200 moms (and dads!) from across the country that are determined to reduce gun violence in America. In one of the first small group sessions, we discussed why we joined this movement. Some […]

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Special Needs Travel Reviews and Ideas

{special needs travel review} Fairmount Water Works

fairmount water works

I recently had the opportunity to visit the Fairmount Water Works and I can’t believe I’ve never gone before. I’m sure you know the building to see it, it’s the one right at the end of Boathouse Row near the Art Museum. I knew that there is a nice restaurant in there overlooking the river, […]

tips for seeing Monster Jam (+ chance to win 4 tickets for 2014)

monster jam logo

Ok, I said I would get this giveaway up and going today and I am. Whew! Back to school has me crazy this year. Anyway, I am just over the moon that I am doing yet another giveaway for Monster Jam tickets! Over the moon, I tell you! Why? Well, first, sentimental reasons. They are […]

{special needs travel review} Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site

Brian emptying rocks out of his shoes while we visited the anthracite furnace.

Recently I took both of my boys up to Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site. It is located in Berks County, in Elverson. From where we live it was about a 45-minute drive. It was a cool and cloudy afternoon for July so it was not a pool day. Since we were fresh off the heels […]

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Systems Advocacy

Organic Pet Foods – Hype or Healthy

boys with dogs

As pet owners, we are all concerned about the happiness, health and safety of our precious pets. Of course, a lot of pet owners dogs and cats. We take the time to select the most entertaining and interesting toys and playthings for our pets. We seek out specialty systems to ensure our pets’ safety outdoors, […]

{Tuesday To-Do List} renew your patriotism and resolve to get involved #specialed #disability

tuesday post flag on grass

As we head into a holiday weekend, I’d like to make a plea to you…readers, followers and families with special needs. Lately our causes have suffered quite a few setbacks legislatively. Important legislation that we needed to improve the lives of families with disabilities did not get passed. Why? Because it did not have enough […]

Pennsylvania Parents~last day to submit comments about Chapter 16!

summer school extended school year

I’m really sorry for posting this with just one day left. It was on my radar, fell off. I just got too busy in May and it slipped my mind. Then I really intended to put it on this week’s Tuesday To-Do List, and I got busy, again. I saw a friend post about it […]

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En Espanol

Sesame Street lanza iniciativa “Ver la asombrosa en todos los niños”

Mi hijo y Abby en la ciudad de Nueva York.

Se trata de un proyecto muy divertido y emocionante de la gente más en Sesame Workshop. En el Día Mundial del Autismo, la semana pasada, se anunció que están empezando una nueva iniciativa llamada “Ver la increíble en todos los niños“, y se centrarán en los niños que tienen autismo. Si usted ha estado viendo […]

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