I have a few shout-outs I’d like to give this Monday morning …
1.) January is the time of year when dropping a few pounds and leading a healthier lifestyle is the lead story everywhere we turn. I am excited to report that Jake’s integrative medicine/holistic doctor just released her first book titled “What Doctors Eat.”
I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Tasneem Bhatia (Dr. Taz) and we are so blessed to have such a stellar medical professional on our team. This book will be released on February 12th, but is now available for pre-order by clicking here.
I love the angle of this book and cannot wait to check it out. According to Amazon, “One of the questions we all want to ask our doctors is how do you protect your health? A first of its kind diet that will help everyone get their healthiest body ever – based on strategies from 100 of the country’s top doctors.”
2.) If you’ve ever considered sending your child to an intensive apraxia program or camp, George Washington University’s Speech & Hearing Center – CHAMP Camp 2013 is now accepting applications. This camp is for children with CAS between the ages of three and ten. There are two sessions – June 25-28 and July 16-19 – and the cost is $500. Click here for more information on this intensive summer apraxia camp.
3.) Girls I run across either love watching “The Bachelor/Bachelorette” or they hate it. Personally, I am a sap and still love happily ever after stories and entertainment that requires zero brain power to watch each week. (No, I don’t care that sometimes forever = a couple of weeks.)
I am especially a fan of Sean Lowe, the new “Bachelor” this season. Last Monday night he took a lucky lady to an amusement park where they met up with two teenage girls, who both have mitochondrial disease. Here’s what I love about this story … These two girls were pen pals and had become best friends through Starbright World, a social network for teens with chronic and life-threatening medical conditions.
The charity, Starlight Children’s Foundation brought them together to meet for the first time and chose this location because they both love the show “The Bachelor” and amusement parks. What’s not to like about this story?!?
The fact that these girls get to connect with one another to share their struggles, triumphs, and everyday lives warms my heart. For more information on Starlight Children’s Foundation, please click here.
4.) I love the idea of Starbright World network because venting about apraxia with other moms online has made this struggle so much more tolerable. The depth of connections I have formed have surprised me and I can so relate to how these girls must feel by getting to meet each other face-to-face! One mama who I’ve enjoyed chatting with is Jenny Sanzo, who shared her story over the summer with her son’s apraxia and Nancy Kaufman’s SPEAK camp.
Jenny popped into my head while watching this episode because a.) She’s an online friend I’d like to meet in person and b.) Thinking of squeaky clean, good guy Sean Lowe, makes me think of bad boy Christian Grey, which makes me think of Jenny and her published essay in Lori Perkins book “Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey.” Gooo Jenny!
To order this book or to read more about it, click here.
In addition to having her name printed on the cover of a book, this very fashionable, ultra-cool, funny mama blogs at The Flower City Fashionista. If you haven’t already checked out her site, head on over. It is because of her that I am inching my way to becoming a more stylish version of myself.
5.) Last, for those of you interested in learning more about the details of Jake’s diet, I have updated my Pinterest board titled “Kid’s GFCF Favs.” Click here to see all of Jake’s favorite products and special occasion treats. This is our survival food!
Have a great week and enjoy your Monday-