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{April 22, 2009}   The family and Autism…and a surprise!

I wonder sometimes how my family would be different if I wasn’t Autistic. Would life be easier for them? Would my parents stress less? I think indeed life would be different, but not better. In my own wacky way I help sculpt my family into the people are, as they change me by who they are.

I have a lot of respect for families dealing with a special needs member. Especially parents! They want so badly to help their children, yet find them many times to be challenging and confusing. Well…

I have a surprise giveaway!

Carolyn’s Kitchenhas been kind enough to sponsor a giveaway of this apron:
sweetheat apron

Carolyn’s Kitchen has been featured in OK! Magazine.com and Paula Deen’s Holiday Baking issue of 2007 as well as with the Girls Next Door at Madame Chocolat Los Angeles. They are 40\’s vintage inspired and make anybody feel wonderful (and sexy!) to wear one! Put one on and tah-dah you are transformed!

To enter, you have three options (you can do all three, but leave each in a seperate comment!) :

1. Go to Carolyn’s Kitchen and tell me your favorite apron

2. Tell me a simple tip on how to relieve stress!

3. Give a fact about Autism

Please remember to leave your e-mail address like love[at]love.com so I can e-mail you if you win!

This contest ends May 15th at noon!



SANDY says:

Dorothy Apron is beautiful



SANDY says:

showers relieve stress so does gardening



Sue says:

I like the Dorothy apron in red. Thanks for sharing~



chris swan says:

I love the Miss Liberty apron. Beautiful.



chris swan says:

My daughter has special needs (she has down syndrome) I am so happy to find this website. It is really cool that you can speak from experience about some of the issues parents/children/adults face while dealing with special needs.

Well my fact about autism is that four times as many males as females have autism.



Melissa Butler says:

Rock N’ Roll Hot Pink Apron is my most fave ~ totally wild, and very fun!



Angela J says:

the Dorothy apron in yellow



Courtney S says:

I love, love, love the Rock N’ Roll Hot Pink Apron because zebra and pink is awesome together!



Courtney S says:

To relieve stress I take a long, hot bath and read a book.



Courtney S says:

Autism fact: Autism is more common than multiple sclerosis, cystic fibrosis or childhood cancer.



Kelley says:

I like the Dorothy apron the best.



Kelley says:

Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases



Kelley says:

I think exercise is a great stress reliever.



Ashley says:

i love the hot pink sweetheart apron



Ashley says:

my favorite stress reliever is spending time with my dog. a nice walk outside or just cuddling up on the bed always makes me feel more relaxed



Sherri B. says:

The Cupcake Apron in pink is my fave!

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Sherri B. says:

A great stress reliever for me is exercise…it doesn’t have to be an all out workout…just a simple walk to clear the head helps a lot!!!

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Sherri B. says:

A fact about autism…no one knows what causes it…there is a lot of debate over whether it is caused by genetics or environment.

sherri419 at gmail dot com



beth shepherd says:

Thank you for a great giveaway! I like the hot pink sweetheart apron. Thank you!
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I like the Rock and Roll pink. The sweethearts are also cute.



Marianna says:

I like the Dorothy daughter apron-Red



Marianna says:

Fact about autism-67 children are diagnosed every day



Marianna says:

Tip to reduce stress-Get enough rest and sleep. Your body needs more rest during stressful times.



My fave apron is the dorothy lime one!!



Jennifer M says:

I like the red Dorothy apron.



Rhonda B says:

Exercise is great for stress relief also fresh lavender in the bath is wonderful.



I really like the Dorothy apron, in all colors! (well, except orange)



About 1 in 150 children are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder



Relieve Stress:
I pray. I pray and count the blessings that God has given me.



I like the cupcake apron in aqua.



Sharon Harmon says:

The Miss Liberty Apron is perfect for celebrating our new president and creating all kinds of magic in my kitchen!! Thank you for the contest!



littlelatina says:

Luv the red dorothy



Lmay says:

I try to meditate to relieve stress – doesn’t have to be a big ordeal. I just close my eyes and focus on my breath. I would say this works 90% of the time for me to calm me down.



Lmay says:

My favorite apron is the Rock&Roll pink.



amber says:

I love the Dorothy, Sweetheart, and Vixen aprons. So cute! This is my favorite color also :) Thanks for the great giveaway!

As for relieving stress…meditation really does help, so does Yoga, a healthy diet full of fiber and green veggies, and when stressing out, sugar and salts are especially best to stay away for. Most importantly, have someone who you can talk to, who will listen to you! A shoulder to lean on is always important.

Autism – there are more male children diagnosed with autism than female children.



amber says:

P.S. you are WAY more than just a number! :) Remember that.



Pamela S says:

I like the Dorothy Apron in Breast Cancer pink!



Pamela S says:

I relieve stress by soaking in a tub while reading a book! Thanks.



Kim F says:

I like the dorothy apron in Lime.



Heather says:

I love the dorothy aprons.



Sarah says:

i like the cupcake apron in pink!



Anna says:

I like the Miss Liberty apron.



Anna says:

I really like the Sweetheart red apron!



Anna says:

I like the Sweetheart Black apron.



Sheila says:

I love the red sweetheart apron! Thanks for the chance!



Sheila says:

I go for a long walk alone to relive stress! Or lots of chocolate… either way lol!



katie says:

I love the hot pink Rock ‘n’ Roll apron!



katie says:

My de-stress tip is to avoid procrastinating. When you get a task done early, you can spend the rest of the time before your deadline relaxing!



katie says:

Did you know that autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability?



Christine says:

The sweetheart in baby pink is a really cute apron. Thanks for the chance, justicecw@hotmail.com



Christine says:

My tip for stress relief is exercise although I don;t do it as much as I should. Thanks!



Christine says:

One thing about autism I recently learned when my friend’s son was diagnosed is that there are more than one “type” of autism. Thanks!



Lindsay says:

I really like the rock and roll pink apron. I think its really stylish and fun.



Lindsay says:

My stress reduce tip is to learn a few simple yoga moves. That way you can bust them out whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed and they work really well for reducing stress.



Lindsay says:

One characteristic of autism is restrictive repetitive behavior.



Jan says:

The sweetheart red apron is my favorite.



Jan says:

My relaxation tip is to take bubble baths with epsom salt. They reduce muscle tension and really help to rejuvenate the body.



Sheila R says:

I love love the Cupcake apron in aqua!
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Sheila R says:

I relieve stress by Scrapbooking or playing with my son.
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Sheila R says:

Autism was first identified in 1943 by Dr. Leo Kanner of Johns Hopkins Hospital. Early detection is also very important because it helps maxiumize the benefits of theraphy.
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Aisling says:

The Sweetheart Black Apron is my favorite.



Aisling says:

I think a one-on-one game of basketball (or a solitary game for that matter) is a great way to relieve stress. It’s even better if you sink a basket occasionally.



Aisling says:

Autism came from the greek word “auto” meaning “self”.



kathy pease says:

i love the Lollipop Daughter Apron



kathy pease says:

a hot bubble bath works for me :)



Erma says:

I would love the chance to win,thanks.



JRG says:

Close your eyes and think of something bucolic, like a waterfall – that helps with stress.



Tammy Marshall says:

The Rock N’ Roll Hot Pink Apron is soooo me! =)



wendy wallach says:

I like the sweetheart baby pink apron.

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wendy wallach says:

A simple way to relieve stress is to have some ice cream! Works for me every time!

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wendy wallach says:

One fact about autism is that More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes & cancer combined ( from Autism speaks website)

madamerkf at aol dot com



Barbara says:

My favorite is the Dorothy Lime apron. Thanks!



Sue Farrell says:

I really like the Dorothy Apron in Lime.



Jay F. says:

I relieve stress by laying in bed listening to mild music on the ipod. Just a half hour does the trick.



Amy Bradshaw says:

Oh my goodess they are all so cute! I am a huge vintage lover! I pick the Dorothy Apron Breast Cancer Pink Apron. :)

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Amy Bradshaw says:

My simple tip on relieving stress is to find a room where you can be completely alone, turn the lights out and make it as dark as possible and have a nice cold drink like water or ice tea and just relax in the quiet and take slow deep breaths.

MovieMomma@gmail.com



Amy Bradshaw says:

There are three distinctive behaviors that characterize autism. Autistic children have difficulties with social interaction, problems with verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors or narrow, obsessive interests. These behaviors can range in impact from mild to disabling.

MovieMomma@gmail.com



MaryAnn Sides says:

Rock N’ Roll Hot Pink Apron



Lindsay says:

I love the cupcake apron



Lindsay says:

I relieve stress by reading a book



Melissa Barnes says:

I really like Sweetheart Hot Pink Apron



Melissa Barnes says:

I like to relax in a bath and love the smell of lavender to relax with



Melissa Barnes says:

autism fact: Cost of lifelong care can be reduced by 2/3 with early diagnosis and intervention



Angela says:

The Wildcat Red Apron is my favorite!



Angela says:

I like to go for a long relaxing stroll to relieve stress.



Kate says:

The The Miss Liberty Apron is cute!



Angela says:

About 1 to 1.5 million Americans have Autism.



Kate says:

The easiest thing is to take one hour a day all to yourself and have a cup of ice cream. You can be dieting and stressing. But really everyone needs one hour.



Kate says:

It has been proven time and time again that Autism is not caused by vaccines (it just happens that symptoms appear around the same age vaccines are given). It is important that everyone knows this so that we can give our donations to more worthy autism charities and make a real change!



Amanda G says:

My favorite is the Wildcat Red Apron, how fancy!



Amanda G says:

I relieve stress by taking a walk by myself and just breathing. I know it sounds too simple but it really does help. Just get away by yourself for a few moments to clear your head.



Amanda G says:

An Autism fact: There is no cure for Autism.

Thank you so very much for the chance to win. I’ve wanted one of these aprons for a long time now!



Jennifer Jozwiak says:

wildcat red apron



Gianna says:

I love the Cupcake Apron :)



emily l says:

Taking a long hot bath usually helps me.



Danielle says:

The dorothy red apron is my favorite but they are all gorgeous!

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Danielle says:

I relieve stress by taking a nice bubble bath with candles!

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Jennifer M says:

I take a nice long bubble bath to help relieve stress.



Charlene Kuser says:

I love the Miss Liberty Apron.



Charlene Kuser says:

I listen to classical music and it helps with my stress



Charlene Kuser says:

The hallmark feature of autism is impaired social interaction



vicky lynch says:

Rock N’ Roll Hot Pink Apron is my favorite thou they are all so cute

thanks so much



Heather C says:

Interestingly enough, the Sweetheart Aqua Apron is my favorite! However, I also like one of the newer aprons: Wildcat Red Apron. Thanks!



Heather C says:

One way I like to de-stress is to cuddle under my covers with a book. If I happen to fall asleep…so be it! lol
Another way: folding towels. Weird.



Heather C says:

One fact: Children with high functioning autism or Asperger’s Syndrome are often misdiagnosed and underserved* in our country.

*I can attest to that!



alma gros says:

i love the miss liberty apron.



allegro says:

i relieve stress by gardening. they say you’re closer to God’s heart in a garden than anywhere else on earth.



Helen says:

The Cupcake Apron Aqua is my favorite.



Helen says:

I walk my dog to relieve stress, it feels good to let my worries ease off while I’m focused on the task at hand.



Helen says:

1 in 150 children is diagnosed with autism.



Veronica Garrett says:

The Sweetheart Aqya Apron is my favorite.



Lily Kwan says:

I love the Cupcake Apron!



Lily Kwan says:

A tip on how to relieve stress is to burn scented candles.



Lily Kwan says:

The signs of autism begin before a child is 3 years old.



Chrysa says:

The Red Dorothy Apron is my favorite.



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