Working Together Wednesdays: Special Wundies

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I can hardly believe it is already the 6th day of April. WOW this year is just chugging along. Anyway, I am excited to bring you, yet another Working Together Wednesday. The folks behind an amazing product for children with special needs, Special Wundies, are here today to tell a bit of their story and share the product with us. Take it away guys.

Special Wundies

  1. Give us a quick intro of you and your family.
  2. What is your business/blog.

 

My wife Carrie and I are the proud parents of our ten year boy Sam.  Unfortunately Sam suffered a stroke in utero leaving him severely disabled.  He does not walk, talk or swallow.  All things that most people take for granted.  Given that Sam does not swallow, he is fed via g-tube.  To help protect his g-tube, we keep Sam in onesies.  As he grew, my wife and I knew we had to find larger onesies that could not only keep his G-Tube from coming out or having him pull it out, but could also withstand his heavy therapeutic regimen and around the clock nursing care.

Finding the right onesie has never been easy. The onesies we found that fit his growing body were either too expensive, fell apart after only a few wears or were always out of stock when we needed to re-order. Our frustration reached a point where we decided that if we wanted the right onesie for Sam we would have to manufacture it ourselves. So the journey began and after two years of product development and field-testing came Special Wundies. Now your child can enjoy the same soft, comfortable and durable onesie Sam has grown to love.

Neck-tie Onsie

Hola Ladies: Onsie

3. What is your best piece of advice?

For many years I was told “G-d only gives you what you can handle”.  I really don’t believe that because G-d then must think most people can’t handle much.  However, I do believe that to raise a child with special needs takes a certain personality that is unrelenting in the face of “No”. “No, your son will never walk”, “No, your son won’t live until 10”, “No, your son will not smile”.  Here we are ten years later and Sam has started to walk and smiles all day.  It was not easy but we got here.  The No’s have turned to Yes’s.  Parents just have to keep pushing and creating opportunities.

  1. Where can we find you? (like an email, or your social media networks)

www.specialwundies.com

Thanks guys!!! Your products are truly amazing and they are needed by many. Thanks for sharing your story with us, and introducing us to this amazing product.

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Working Together Wednesday: Author Jennifer Anzin

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Happy Hump Day!!! Super excited to be sharing with you all today, on Working Together Wednesday, an Author, Jennifer Anzin, who writes amazing children’s books to help with Self-regulation and anti-bullying. I have read her books and they are amazing and truly worth looking into for sure. So without further ado, here we go…

1. Give us a quick intro of you and your family.

My name is Jennifer Anzin and I am a mother of two children: Aidan who is 14 years old and Sinead who is 20 years of age. My husband and I both work in social services. Professionally, I am an Early Childhood Consultant. I work with parents, teachers and other professionals in child care programs, nursery school programs and in transitions to school programs.  I work with children with special  needs: from speech/language issues, developmental and neurological issues to self-regulation issues and I also promote a variety of class-wide programs to promote cooperation, nurturing and anti-bullying in classrooms. (That is how this series of books came to be).

Author, Jennifer Anzin and her family
Jennifer Anzin- Family

2. What is your business/blog?

Within my professional experiences, I found that incorporating practical strategies in books and games to teach self-regulation skills, anti-bullying skills and empathy were very successful and therefore I wanted to create books (including strategies and games) that parents, teachers and other professionals could use to build foundation skills in children. On my website: www.thewhisperersaga.com I have two free e-books: “Arthur the Angry Engine” and “Frederick the Fire Truck”.  But I also wanted to publish some additional books and hence: “The Anger Train”, “The Incredible Shrinking Bullying”, “Devon the Digger’s Difficult Day”, “The Terrible Tantrums of Timmy the Truck” and “Goodbye Anger Monster” were born. They are available on amazon, for variable prices, depending which country you live in.
3. What is your best piece of advice?

I think my best piece of advice, for myself as well as others, is to never give up. Even if you fail, keep trying and no matter how hard it may be sometimes, believe in yourself. (I think of this whenever I think of these books. Over the years, I have seen and heard stories of too many children who are bullied and too many children who struggle with self-regulation yet, for activities to help teach younger children were few and far between. I believe that if we start with the smallest of us, we can be the change.)

4. Where can we find you? (like an email, or your social media networks)

You can find me at childrenpreventbullying@thewhisperersaga.com. Thanks so much for listening and best wishes to everyone!

Thanks, Jennifer. These books are very easy for littles to understand and also really help to get through to any kids and help them to think about the topics of these books. Check them out for yourself.

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Working Together Wednesdays: Making Time for Creativity

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It’s Wednesday again!!! Today, I have a bit of a different set up for you, on Working Together Wednesday. I was given the opportunity to preview The Busy Mom’s Guide to Creativity by Bev Feldman. So without further ado… Here we go!!!

Have you ever felt just completely and utterly stuck in a rut??? I think we all have at one time or another. I get in ruts for different areas in life. Sometimes it’s the “I need some new dinner ideas” sometimes it the “We need a new play area to go to” and sometimes it’s that my writing turns more into a job than anything fun or creative. I often talk about my blog as if it is my creative outlet, and a lot of the time it CAN be, there are those times when it just feels very forced (even when I’m passionate about a topic, it can feel confining at times).

At first, I felt guilty. I have the life of my dreams. I have a husband and 2 kids that adore me, and while we aren’t rich, we certainly don’t want for much. Why am I feeling like I need MORE??? Am I really THAT selfish of a person??? I am happy to say those feelings all came into perspective when I read Bev Feldman’s book. The Busy Mom’s Guide to Creativity. This book written by an amazing blogger and creative was just what I needed to get out of the creativity rut.

Great workbook to help you make time for creativity

I haven’t finished the entire book yet, as we have all been sick on and off at this house for the last 6 weeks or so, however, from the exercises I have done so far, I have realized 1 thing… I had it wrong. I kept telling myself that this blog was my creative outlet and that all my spare “creative” time should be spent poured into it. I didn’t realize that I have been working myself into the ground in the name of “self care”. I’d spend hours “working” on my creative outlet, all the while feeling like I was drowning and never realized, I need a different outlet as well.

It is wonderful when you can do what you love for a living, and it takes a lot of the “working” feeling out of it, but, there is a very REAL difference between doing something creative for YOURSELF, and doing something creative for your “job”. This brings me to my newest idea. Starting next month, I will be hosting another month long link-up, this time it will be centered around trying something new. I’m not a very crafty person, but I have always wanted to be. So I am choosing to experiment, keep trying creative ideas and hopefully find some things I enjoy that I can add to my list. I’ll be sharing my results each month with you all and then including a link up for you to share your new creative ideas with others.

Bev’s book has been a tremendous asset to me, and I’d encourage you to check it out for yourself. You can find it on Amazon in either Paperback or on Kindle.

How do you find time for creativity???

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Working Together Wednesday: The Great Bike Giveaway

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Happy Hump Day!!!  Today on Working together Wednesday, I have a cause that I’d like to share with you all. The Great Bike Giveaway, is all about helping kids with special needs, get special adaptive bicycles that they can ride.

The Great Bike Giveaway, created by Friendship Circle of Michigan was started as a contest to help children and teens with special needs have a chance at getting an adaptive bicycle. The idea, most of us have a story, a memory about learning to ride or just revolving around riding our bikes as children. Children with special needs may never get to know this feeling without the use of an adaptive bike which can be expensive.

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While it would be awesome enough just to giveaway a few adaptive bikes to kids with special needs, Friendship Circle is seeking enough donations to give EACH of the 600 entrants in The Great Bike Giveaway their very own adaptive bike. This is a huge undertaking, but I have a feeling, if we spread the awareness, we can reach that goal.

So, here’s the million dollar question: How can I help???  Well certainly, go check out their page, make a donation if you care to, but also check out the “Become an Ambassador” part. You’ll need to log in through your Facebook account to do so, but this is where we can really help spread the word. Become and Ambassador and share about this amazing cause on your social media accounts. The more people we reach, the more donate, the more bikes will be given away.

The official contest/donation window opened yesterday, this morning, as I checked in on the status, they already had the money for 35 bikes. The contest closes on March 30. Please help me with sharing this amazing contest/opportunity and lets get these kids the bikes they deserve.

***Friendship Circle of Michigan is a non-profit organization affiliated with Lubavitch of Michigan. Their goal is to provide every individual with special needs the support friendship and inclusion that they deserve.***

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Working Together Wednesday: Meet Artist Imani

 

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Welcome to another amazing Working Together Wednesday.  Today I’m happy to introduce you all to a new friend of mine who is an amazing artist, and as inspiring woman.  Meet Imani, and learn all about her blog and business. Welcome Imani!!!

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1. Give us a quick intro of you and your family.

Hi! I’m Imani a DC/ Japan-based tattoo artist/ illustrator and kawaii (cute) culture creative. Nice to meet you! ^^

Born and raised in DC, my family life has always been small. Carrying on with that tradition my household includes myself – a kawaii otaku, my beau – a graffiti artist & psychedelic art geek, and our cat Sir Mingus Maghillacutty III, Esq., Jr. – an artsy fartsy cat who likes to sit on our sketchbooks and hang out while we paint. 😸💗💕

2. What is your business/blog?

Welp. Please pardon my blog, I’m still getting the hang of what I want to focus on there. But my tagline is  tattoos/ art + Japanese culture = myKawaii so I share a lot of my work and art shows as they come together. I also blog about my kawaii creative lifestyle, adventures in Japan using my travel hashtag #dctojapan & building a kawaii community. My goal is to bring my kawaii culture to DC in a private tattoo studio & kawaii culture hub, Little INKPLAY Shop, so there’s lots of mentions of my #supportLIPS efforts.

Other do-dads there include things I find inspirational, in the land of creativity, personal entertainment, wise words, etc. … because sometimes we ALL need a pep talk or pick me up 😁and my shares from actively learning Japanese. 🙂
That’s for now, though. In the future I hope to share more from my amazing clients for some colorful Tattoo Tuesday shares. I think cool people should know cool people. So as I get better at blogging I hope to share a host of cool people that cool readers will hopefully want to connect with. They all seem to sit in my chair! 💃🏽
3. What is your best piece of advice?

I have two! They’re mantras I govern most of my life by as a creative, business woman/ entrepreneur, and (future) wife. They help me keep balance and strive for more so hopefully they’ll help someone else too~

“Lead with your heart and let logic follow!”
From one dreamer to another, it’s best for us to let go of fear and give the heart what it wants so long as it doesn’t bring harm to you (and anyone else, for that matter). Logic tends to show itself as long ad you’re true to … yourself! Just believe ~
“Don’t forget to paint your day bright!”
All of our days won’t be what we WANT them to be. Yes, they’ll be sucky ones. You know?! Those days when chasing dreams just knocks the wind out of you and you have to take a step back, recoup, and try it again. On those days, be reminded to take a moment to do something for ourselves (or someone else, even) that’ll help alleviate some stress, put a smile on your face & a fresh pep in your step. And hop back to it! ^^
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4. Where can we find you? (like an email, or your social media networks)
Feel free to reach out! You know … let’s work together 👯✨
Thanks, Imani. We look forward to following your journey.

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Working Together Wednesday: Angie Cunningham- Books & SPD

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Happy Hump Day!!!  I am very excited for this weeks Working Together Wednesday.  Today I get to introduce you to a friend of mine who blogs about her familiy life with SPD and runs an Usborne Books business (My kids LOVE Usborne Books).  So without further ado… Here we Goooo.

Give us a quick intro of you and your family.
My family consists of my husband Quinn, my son Teagan, me, and our four dogs, Daisy, Mysti, Abbey, and Baby Dash.
Working Together Wednesday SPD Blog & Children's Books
Angie’s Son
What is your business/blog?
My Blog is: Family Circus Acts
It is about being a person with Sensory Processing Disorder and raising a child with SPD.
I haven’t psoted very many posts yet but, I am sticking with it. I want to educate people that do not understand
SPD. I want to bring to their attention the negativity and judgments people harmfully assume about children with
SPD.
I recently became a consultant for Usborne Children’s Book’s. It turned out to be a lot more fun than I had anticipated.
I really enjoy sharing about the books and doing book parties. It is refreshing to realize that people are still into books and
want to have books in their children’s lives. We are educating our future.

What is your best piece of advice?
Stick with it!  Selling Usborne books started out slow. But pushing through, holding out, and learning as much as possible paid off.

Sales are starting to pick up. Adults are sharing their love by giving children books. If you are passionate about something follow through!

Where can we find you? (like an email, or your social media networks)
You can find me at Angie’s Usborne Children’s Books on Facebook
On my Usborne site y4506.myubam.com
Or my email is y4506usborne@yahoo.com
Thanks so much Angie.  Please visit the links above if you’d like to learn more about SPD or Usborne books.

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