Stuff We Love

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center in Nashville, TN, holds a special place in our hearts; it’s the place Sawyer was diagnosed and first received therapy. We absolutely love the staff at VKC, and they offer a lot of amazing support and resources for special needs families!

I first discovered The Mighty years ago when a friend shared an article about mental health with me. The Mighty has a collection of communities for just about anything you can think of- including mental health and autism- and their articles are insightful and amazing.

Finding Cooper’s Voice is the first autism blog I ever followed. I first found Kate and her family on Facebook after she posted a video about her son, Cooper, and I immediately identified with what she was saying and wanted to follow her story. All autism families should be following Kate!

Cherry Yum Yum | Chicken Nugs and Mama Hugs

This is Sawyer’s absolute favorite dessert! In our family it’s called Cherry Yum Yum, and it is a staple at family gatherings in our family! This recipe is slightly different (I just do a regular graham cracker crust), but it’s absolutely delicious!

Sawyer has gotten our entire household hooked on “Bluey“! This is such a cute show, with great messages.

Our family is definitely a Disney family, and we absolutely LOVE Disney World! We have been twice as a family and are contemplating our next trip to see Mickey. 😉

I am a sucker for a cute graphic tee, and Hippie Runner is one of my favorite sites to get them! Their stuff is so funny and cute, and great quality, too.

Carrie Cariello

 Carrie Cariello is another fantastic mom that writes about her son, Jack, and his life with autism. Jack is college-aged now, and I truly love reading about his transition to adulthood. 

Atypical | Chicken Nugs and Mama Hugs

“Atypical” is a TV show on Netflix about Sam, a teenage boy with autism, and his family. It’s probably the best representation of autism out there and we are obsessed!

Special Olympics Missouri | Chicken Nugs and Mama Hugs

For the last two years, Sawyer has competed in the Special Olympics. Sawyer is always so happy and proud to compete. and watching the athletes compete and seeing their excitement first-hand is heart-warming. We love cheering on the other athletes, and supporting the organization as a whole. ♥