Sharing recipes, crafts and frugal living, the challenges and triumphs of parenting a neurotypical child and a child on the Autism Spectrum. Yoga Instructor said goodbye to her nightly glass of Chardonnay to give up habits that were not serving her purpose in life! The CocktailMom name remains, however with a new focus on healthy and authentic living.



Let go of who you think you are suppose to be, dig deep and find the strength within yourself to be who you are meant to be.



"When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand."
-Henri Nouwen


Reading with your Kids

I'm a huge advocate of reading. We read to the boys even as babies. Logan's first words were "go! go!" because at the time his favorite book was Marvin K. Mooney, Will you Please Go Now! 
The boys have been reading on their own for quite some time but I believe it's still important to share reading with your children. I often have the boys read out loud to me while I do dishes or prepare dinner. I like being able to hear them, help them pronounce a word and ask them questions about what they are reading. It opens a door, a glimmer into their thoughts. How do you read with your children as they have gotten older?



“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.


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