My kid, not my inspiration. Lessons in disability parenting.

Fin Learns W/C Tennis

Today we head off to wheelchair tennis camp in Portland. Finley played for the first time at this camp last year and it was one of those breath-of-fresh-air moments for me as his mama. I met other …Continue Reading

WHOLE30 Spaghetti Squash Spaghetti

WHOLE30 Spaghetti Squash Spaghetti

Who doesn’t love spaghetti? Spaghetti Squash is one of my favorite things to work with when it comes to eating sans grains. It emulates spaghetti in such a simple, fabulous way. It also lends a hint of sweetness to spaghetti and when you’re cooking all healthy-like, your sauce is not all that sweet. This combo …Continue Reading

Kids + Weekends + Screens

Weekends can be rough when it comes to screen time. Especially when it’s not sunny outside, or when you have a kid with severe summer allergies or one with a physical disability. I don’t personally have the luxury of sending my youngest outside to just “be a kid” and build forts or run around on …Continue Reading

Awareness

Finley-Wishbone

Friday May 6 is “Wishbone Day”—an international celebration and awareness day for Osteogenesis Imperfecta, the disease my son Finley experiences. We ask our friends and family to wear yellow on that day and if they can, …Continue Reading

21 Day Fix & Body Beast Meal Planning Tools

Every few months my brain gets tired of the way I do meal planning and I need to change it up. I’m a chronic desk re-organizer, so this is pretty standard Shannon-brain stuff. I find that the newness of it sort of inspires me to get excited all over again.

I like perfecting the practice …Continue Reading

What I Love About Wheelchairs

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{Finley at Wheelchair Tennis clinic in Portland, Oregon. The chair allows him to play a sport! HOLLA!}

I will never forget the first time I pondered the idea of my …Continue Reading

Surgery & The Dam

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{Finley after his most recent surgery in December 2014}

“Your child needs to have surgery.”

Say those words to yourself and get a feel for how heavy they are. If you have kids, you have no doubt …Continue Reading

Accidental Love

My firstborn was due on Valentine’s Day of 2007. I was 23 years old and scared to death. She made my life what it is today. And not in simply the “kids change your life” kind of way. More along the lines of, “oh shit. I’m pregnant” kind of way. I went into false labor …Continue Reading

Responsibility & Disability

“I want to live in a world where we don’t have such low expectations of disabled people that we are congratulated for getting out of bed and remembering our own names in the morning. I want to live in a world where we value genuine achievement for disabled people.” – Stella Young, Disability Advocate

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Top 10 Tips for 21 Day Fix Travel

Travel_21DFI have been doing research on traveling with the 21 Day Fix for a challenger of mine because that’s how this coach rolls. Lots of great information is out there, but I know my friends and (hopefully) my challengers …Continue Reading