Monday, September 18, 2017

In A Different Key: The Story of Autism By John Donovan and Caren Zucker (BOOK REVIEW)

As a mom to a child with Autism and an Educational Advocate, I was very interested to read In A Different Key:  The Story of Autism by John Donovan and Caren Zucker.  Donovan/Zucker did not leave any stone unturned when it came to telling the history of Autism.  Starting with the first child ever diagnosed and weaving its way through institutionalization, refrigerator moms, vaccines, ABA/TEACCH and Asperger's this book covers it all. Real life accounts brought living with Autism "alive" to the reader.  It was heartbreaking as a mom and advocate, but to see the strength and advocacy of parents who made so many changes to long term outcomes for children and adults with Autism was empowering.  It was an honor to read this book and learn so much about a diagnosis that has been part of my life for the past 25 years.  I challenge anyone who cares about, works with or loves someone with Autism to read this book. You will be a better person for it and understand the true history of the disorder.  It is fascinating and heartbreaking, but important.

*I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Heritage Museum and Gardens, Sandwich, Ma

Visited the Heritage Museum and Gardens on Free Fun Friday/Highland Street Foundation on
August 25, 2017.  The weather and scenery were beautiful.  Heritage Museum and Gardens, Sandwich, Ma

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

What I Read: August 2017

Favorites this month: 
 The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
 Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi⭐⭐⭐⭐
 Jaws by Peter Benchley⭐⭐⭐⭐

Friday, August 11, 2017


I love when you come upon something randomly.  Yesterday while visiting Lincoln Woods, RI, we drove by a sign at Sunset Stables and stopped for a visit.  Glad we did!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

What I Read...July 2017

Linking up with Steph and Jana 
(second Tuesday of every month)
Show Us Your Books

My Thoughts:  It was a very interesting reading month; varied books for sure.  These were the standouts that I would recommend:

The Zookeeper's Wife (Diane Ackerman) - This was really a beautiful story. I especially enjoyed all the animal and husbandry information. A story of people saving others and offering them some normalcy and kindness, when so much killing, hatred and atrocities were taking place outside the walls of the "zoo".  Set in Warsaw/Poland.

Our Souls at Night (Kent Haruf) - I enjoyed this book.  It was short and sweet.  It was about reaching out to another for comfort and friendship.  

The Thorn Birds(Colleen McCullough) - read this in The Book Club (facebook) Read Along for July.  I loved this book!  It fascinated me the way McCullough wove the tale over years, countries, characters and moral dilemmas.  Set mostly in Australia.

Dreamland Burning (Jennifer Latham) - I have been reading alot of YA lately.  This one did not disappoint.  Again a book about a time I needed to know more about.  Loved the two stories lines and how the writing went back and forth.  

There were some other good reads (Exit/West, And Then There were None, Thirteen Reasons Why) and some so so reads (Hour Glass, Garden of Small Beginnings, The World's Strongest Librarian).  But overall I consider July a solid reading month!  

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Six of My Summer Favorites

Summer seems to be in full swing here in Rhode Island.  It hasn't been an extremely hot summer and with the month of August approaching we are hoping for many more beach days.  I'm sharing a few of my Summer Favorites with you.  These are items that I found extremely helpful and consistently excellent.  Hope you enjoy and maybe find something that you can add to your favorites!!

Lands' End Women's Slender Tunic Suit - I have been wearing this style of suit for several years.  I like it because it is durable, comfortable and truly slenderizing.  I need full coverage and like to feel that I'm good to go (no accidents!) in the water.  This suit checks all the boxes.  I really needed a new suit this season and I waited for the Lands' End 50% off sale (usually early spring) and bought two suits for the price of one.  This is not a cheap suit but lasts and holds up to sun, ocean, sand, and sunscreen.

This set of 3 mesh travel pouches have come in handy this year at the beach.  I use the small one for my phone, middle for my sunscreens/bug spray and large for an extra change of clothes.  

Last summer I tried out several different sunscreens.  Sun Bum 30 SPF was by far the best.  It goes on very smooth, not greasy, great scent and tube lasts.  You can find this at Target or Amazon.

Love this hat!  It is a women's REI co-op sun hat.  I am not a baseball hat fan and this hat is very comfortable, stays on (even without a strap) and provides very good sun coverage.   Unfortunately it is not longer in stock.  REI has tons of ladies sun hats though that you can check out at the link below.  

La Croix Coconut Sparkling Water is my preferred beach beverage.  There are a ton of different flavors.  Find your favorite!  

There is still a whole month (and some) to dive into some Summer Reads!  Here is a list of some beachy favorites  (can all be found at

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Becoming a Yearly Tradition - Buttonwood Farm Griswold CT Sunflowers for Wishes

This is one of my favorite events of the summer.  I went in 2014 & 2015.  Didn't go last year and regretted it.  I think visiting Buttonwood Farm in Griswold CT will become a yearly tradition.  I was lucky enough to go yesterday with my husband, Rick.  It was simply a beautiful summer day (#10)! Can you find the heart? 💓

Sunflowers for Wishes