April is Autism Awareness Month

Early Childhood News and Resources has a DVD and a chart that I viewed this morning that teaches Sign Language for Babies and Young Children.  So what does that have to do with autism?  Studies show that American Sign Language (ASL) has been shown to build the bridge of communication with the autistic child in lieu of verbal communication.

The DVD instruction are clear and provides some basic words to use with infants and older children. Here is a preview of some of the words: MORE, EAT, TIME FOR BED, COME WITH ME, BE CAREFUL! BOOK. GRANDMOTHER! LET’S PLAY!, LISTEN TO THE MUSIC!

Some other resources for sign language with infants and young children:

Enter to win a comprehensive package of Baby, Toddler and Preschool Sign Language presented by Louise Sattler and Friends along with Sign Expressions Trilingual Language Chart and Mini Chart for Emergencies.  Enter here.

Ideas, Recipes

Recipe of the Week – Real Girl Kitchen

The Hilary.

I don’t know if it’s because my body is telling me to clean up  my act or if it’s because summer is on it way, regardless I feel like cooking and eating really healthy. So welcome ‘The Hilary’…she is the originator and makes the best version no matter how many times I try to recreate it. This salad is so simple but packs a major flavor punch. So good that your skin, tastebuds and booty will write you a thank you note.What you need:
Mixed baby greens
1 cucumber
2 carrots
2 stalks of celery
4 radishes
a handful of mini heirloom tomatoes or cherry tomatoes
1 avocado
approx 1/2 cup of feta or goat cheese
approx 6 or 7 sprigs of parsley (finely chopped)
approx 6 or 7 springs of mint (finely chopped)
approx 10 sprigs of chives (finely chopped)
approx 5 or 6 sprigs of dill (finely chopped)
3 tablespoons of olive oil
coarse sea salt
black pepper
juice of one lemonhow to:
Chop everything & toss



Organize Your Kitchen and More

Laura Whitman is an organizer and she has an offer for you and me.

OpenSky is going to pay for me and a lucky winner (plus a friend!) to fly to NYC and go on a $500 shopping spree at The Container Store if I get 10,000 followers. I’m working really hard to make the giveaway to New York City a reality but I need your help.

OpenSky will give you a $20 off coupon towards your next purchase just for getting four or more of your friends to sign up too. Getting your friends to join is a great way to help you increase your chances of winning the trip and shopping spree, provided of course your friend agrees to take you along with them if they win! 🙂

So please help and invite your friends today!

Hope to see you soon in NYC.