Gretchen Schock shares her love of recipes, crafts and frugal living. She also speaks very opening about the challenges and triumphs of parenting a neurotypical child and a child on the Autism Spectrum. After a breast cancer scare in 2012, she decided to say goodbye to her nightly glasses of Chardonnay. It was time to get sober and live life with eyes wide open! The CocktailMom name remains, however with a new focus on healthy and authentic living.



“Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and it's beauty.” 
― Albert Einstein


Family Traditions- Easter Egg Hunt

One of my favorite family traditions is having an Easter Egg Hunt at our house on Easter morning. Some years we've had it within the house, other years we moved it outside. For the last two years we have been blessed with having visitors on Easter to help us celebrate this favorite tradition. I might actually like doing the Easter egg hunt more than I do Christmas….possibly.
I think as long as some of the eggs have money in them, my boys will continue to play along.
What do you do for Easter?
Does your family have any traditions that you hold dear? Share in the comments on the blog.



“That's what people do who love you. They put their arms around you and love you when you're not so lovable.” 
― Deb Caletti, author


Crochet Dog Bowl Mat

My dogs needed a mat under their water bowl and instead of buying an overpriced mat at the pet store I  pulled out the crochet hook and got to work. Using cotton yarn I single crocheted a large rectangle, super easy.
Easy to clean I simply throw it in the washer and dryer and the cotton is absorbent for spilled water from my dogs tongues. Do your dogs or cats need a fashionable mat under their food bowls?



Our minds have a way of controlling us, try leading with your heart.


Bowie Baysox- Fun, Family Activity

Our family is ready for another baseball season, Bowie Baysox is our local minor league team in Maryland. Minor league games are perfect for families and for kids on the Autism Spectrum. As you can see from this picture the crowds are less, which means being able to ask to change seats to a quieter section if your child has sensory processing issues. 

For Maryland families- check out the Bowie Baysox's Kids Club. Every Sunday during a home game kid's club members eat FREE! 
See you at the ballpark!



“When pain brings you down, don't be silly, don't close your eyes and cry, you just might be in the best position to see the sun shine.” 
― Alanis Morissette, Singer


L.L Bean Backpack Review

I don't often write reviews of products but when I was going through some old photos I can across this sweet gem from 2 years ago and was drawn to write about the boys backpacks. They have used these L.L Bean backpacks for 2 school years and they are still in great shape. We haven't had any issues with zippers or the wheels. I highly recommend investing in a L. L Bean backpack. It seems like a lot of money to spend on a child's book bag but it is made to last through elementary, middle and even high school. Buy once and buy well.



"A good laugh heals a lot of hurts." 
-Madeleine L’Engle, author


Listen to the Voice Within

How do you practice spirituality?
In a church, on a yoga mat, sitting in nature?
Church, for me, use to be sitting in a church on a sunday morning but recently I've found my connection to God on my yoga mat. As I breath through the poses, my heart opens and I connect to something greater than myself. The poses move through me like a dance. And I feel that the Divine is shining a light down on me.
Wherever you practice spiritually….be present in the moment. Listen to the still soft voice within. Breathe deep and connect with your heart open.


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