Cutest thing ever! #lemonadestand #lifewithluca #andavi #autismmom
Finally had a chance to dip in the ocean this year! As a Mom, I often forget about things that make me happy. But it’s so important not to forget that you are still a person, and you need to fill your cup. That’s what our brand is all about. And it took a little boy with autism writing ✍️LOVE in reverse to remind me to find myself again. And not just to find myself, but to LOVE who I am. Do you LOVE yourself? Maybe a little reminder might help you too! See all our stuff at iam-love.org. And feel good about purchasing because a portion of every purchase goes towards helping kids with autism 💙💙💙. #autismmom #autismjourney #loveyourself #iamlove #giftswithimpact #giftsthatgiveback #giftswithintention #iamenough #fillyourcup
Day 2... swim camp. #lifewithluca #proprioception #autismjourney #waterkids #autismawesomeness
Day 1 of swim camp ✅. He was so excited to tell me all about it, but descriptive language can be a challenge for Luca. So he decided to draw with his chalk to tell me about his experience. Language comes in many forms and I’m grateful he’s finding ways to share his world with me. #lifewithluca #autismmom #autismjourney
First day of swim camp. Wish us luck! Water is Luca’s favorite. I think the way it blocks out sensory input is incredibly soothing for him. Any other water kids out there? #lifewithluca #autismmom #swimcamp #herewego
Keep looking up... even when the moment is tough, or the future feels heavy. Look up and see the possibilities. #lifewithluca #autismadventures #tactileplay #vestibularplay #proprioceptiveplay
When Luca was diagnosed, I was a mess. I wanted to fix things, I blamed myself, I spent most nights doing research. I was so caught up and overwhelmed that I forgot to just see Luca. He was barely 4 and I kept thinking of him as my baby, who needed my guidance and my protection. Then came the moment when he wrote EVOL (LOVE in reverse) on our planter boxes. When I first saw it, my instinct again was to fix. I came out to him with my rag to fix what he had written. I thought it was a good opportunity to teach him the right way to write love. Then came the blow, my walls came crashing down with Luca’s simple explanation... “It’s not wrong Mama, I wrote it that way so the plants could read it from the inside”.... if you find yourself caught up in the busyness of trying to fix things, maybe stop for a few breaths to see the situation differently. #namaste #autismmom #shiftyourperspective #lifewithluca #EVOL #spreadlove #brandswithpurpose #thestorybehindourname #autismawesomeness
We are hosting our first golf tournament! I need to hear from you... Have you ever played in a charity golf tournament? If so, what was the cause? What did you like/dislike about it? We want to make sure our first one is a success, so please comment and give me your thoughts! Thank you 🙏.
This week I’ve spread LOVE and shipped hats all over California, to Texas, Virginia, Colorado. Today is your last day to get this deal. #hatsforacause #autismmom #spreadlove #lifewithluca #seeamazing #iamlove #iamenough
Eat the 🌈... this weeks project. Every time I go to Home Depot I grab paint cards. We’ve been adding foods to each card that match their color. Real foods, from the earth. Our goal every day is to eat something from every card. This might help if you have a picky eater. #autismmom #lifewithluca #autismdiet #eattherainbow #healthykids
Her favorite. #freezedance #avi #gogirl #autismsiblings
Tomorrow is your last day to use this deal! What do you see in your reflection? If it’s not LOVE, then you need this! Visit iam-love.org to see the story behind EVOL (love in reverse). It was something my son Luca did that inspired us to start this mission of spreading LOVE. Oh and BTW... a portion of every purchase goes towards helping kids with autism 💙🙏 #autismmom #autismjourney #spreadlove #seeamazing #iamlove #iamenough #EVOL
He’s been talking about the unPLING Oven for months 🤷♀️. He would laugh and pretend to play with it. Today, the mystery was solved. It’s not an unPLING oven, but it’s the toaster oven that says to unplug should your food ignite 🔥😳😜. #lifewithluca #echolalia #autismjourney #navigatingautism
Sensory seeking.... Understanding a child’s body language really helps you understand your child. Here Luca is laying on couches in a waiting room. This tells me his proprioceptive system is off. Proprioception is knowing where your body is in space. If this system is under active, kids will seek out and touch things or people to send messages to the brain about where they are. So, if your child is constantly leaning into you or to the furniture, it might not be laziness, it might be sensory seeking. Yoga is something that can help improve our proprioception. A good Occupational Therapist can also be a tremendous help in balancing this system. #themoreyouknow #autismmom #otforautism #sensoryseeking #proprioception #autismjourney #autismeducation #autismhelp
It’s exhausting living in a world of you vs. me and us vs. them. What if we all focused more on lifting each other up and respecting our differences? I’m committing to LOVE. What about you?