And we’re off! Utah, here we come! But first #vegasbaby #garafalofamilyadventure
We are taking a road trip for Thanksgiving. Watch our live feed for packing and food tips for traveling gluten-free and dairy-free. What’s your favorite game to play in the car?.... 👇 👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇
This family goes nuts for steamed artichokes! #healthyfamily #autismmom #eatyourvegetables
Best faces ever!!! #pogostick #lifewithluca He’s up to 218 consecutive jumps! #autismawesomeness
One thing is for sure... this kid is punctual! He got a Gizmo at the beginning of this school year. It was for my sanity, so I could track where he is at all times (a little crazy, I know). But it’s turned into Luca knowing the exact minute he needs to wake up, go potty, eat and get to school. He starts scolding me if I’m not ready the second his watch turns to the time we are supposed to leave. He starts to get more and more nervous the later it gets. The upside? We are rarely late for anything. The downside? He’s become a bit OCD with it. Like all things, we’ll work thru it and do our best to use it to our advantage. Any other punctual kids out there?... #autismmom #autismjourney #iddoanythingforhim #lifewithluca
Lots of new pieces will be available at two upcoming pop-ups!... 💙Dec. 2. 12-2pm @pacificmotiondance 💙Dec. 9. 3-9pm @evrbottle This year make a commitment to your community by shopping locally. Everything we make has a message of LOVE 💕 written in reverse because that is how this brand started..... with a little autistic boy who taught me more about LOVE than I ever thought possible. #dreambig #autismmom #jewelryforacause #autismawesomeness #spreadinglove #iamenough #loveisallyouneed #crystaljewelry #iamlove #giftsthatgiveback #handmadeinsandiego
Have you ever heard of the Should Bird 🦅? It’s a bird that sits on your shoulder. It’s invisible and it whispers...”You should have done that differently. You shouldn’t have said that. You should be doing this”... on and on. Until you realize, it’s ‘should-ing’ all over you. This is happening to me a lot lately. I’m feeling as though I’m not doing enough... for Luca, for Avi, for my relationship with my husband, for our EVOL business, for my yoga students. Sometimes I feel like my only platform for self reflection is right here. So I’m trying to schedule a little ‘me-time’. I started a Mom’s group, for Mom’s at the kids school who have children with ASD. I’m realizing I need to surround myself with real people who understand and accept my need to vent, to cry and to feel all the feels. And I’m looking for a therapist as well. So, if you know anyone in San Diego, LMK. Thank you 🙏. #reallife #autismmom #thisishard #autismawareness #selfcare
These are some serious monkey bar hands! I love how adventurous Luca has become. This is a little boy who used to draw for 6-8 hours everyday. He didn’t want to engage or run around. He lived in his own world. And now... he’s pogoing, he’s swinging without help from an adult and he’s doing the monkey bars. Plus, he’s doing all these things surrounded by kids. He used to hate when other kids were at the playground. Now he runs around with all of them. I’m grateful for all the hours of therapy, for the research that led us to a #gluten-free diet, and to everyone who has been patient and loving. These monkey bar hands mean the world to me! They represent how far we’ve come. #autismmom #autismawareness #autismawesomeness #spreadinglove #lifewithluca #EVOL #monkeybars #celebrateeverymoment
You CAN do anything you set your mind to. Luca got a pogo stick from the Switch Witch. That’s the Witch who comes after Halloween to switch your candy for a toy (it’s for my sanity... to get the candy out of the house). The first day he could only do 3 hops. Every day since he’s been practicing and tracking his progress. I love and admire his dedication. And I love how much this benefits his sensory systems. #myguru #lifewithluca #autismmom #autismawesomeness #sensorydiet #pogostick #pogosticking
Spent the morning at the Autism Speaks North County walk. I love having conversations with other families, and telling Luca’s story. It’s all about #spreadinglove #autismawareness #autismmom #autismawesomeness
I made it on the second leaf of our Thank You Tree this year! I always let the kids come up with the words and for the first leaf they chose kindness. I was elated! Luca then walked up to me with a leaf that said Mama and my heart melted. #lifewithluca #raisingawareness #thankyoutree #autismawesomeness
Save the Date! I’m only doing two pop-ups this holiday season. This is one of my favorites! All local small businesses, truly unique gifts 🎁. Dec. 8. 3-9pm @evrbottle #raisingawareness #autismmom #giftsthatgiveback
Tragedy after tragedy... more shootings than one can count 😞. It leaves me feeling hopeless. But then I see Luca and Aviana. My commitment to making life better for them has to override the sadness. All I know to do is #spreadlove If you are thinking about gifts for teachers, or anyone who needs to be reminded they are LOVED, consider shopping with us. We can help because we donate to helping kids with autism, which is a major mental health issue in our country. And we hope our shirts help lift people out of depression, out of anxiety and out of others expectations. You see, all you can do is LOVE yourself and lead by example. #raisingawareness #mentalhealth #EVOL #loveinreverse #loveyourself #autismawareness #autismshirts.
Because it’s Wednesday! And ‘Why not?’ #wackywednesday #waterbaby #lifewithluca #autismmom What do your kids like doing in the bathtub???