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One of the best purchases.

Dylan uses his IPad a lot, and one of his favourite things to do with it is use the photo booth app. This is a preinstalled app on IPads that provides you with effects which change the colour or distort the image that the camera is showing. When we are out and about Dylan finds things really quite distressing unless he is viewing everything through his IPad camera or using the games on it as a distraction. Mainly though he is using the camera, so I decided that I would get him an actual camera and build on his interest and give him an aid to help him when out and about.

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I spent an evening researching cameras and trying to find one that would be still fit for use after being dropped, bumped and handled by a clumsy 3 year old. After looking online I quickly realised that not very many people made cameras for young children and I could only find one that was in a rubberized and safe looking case, the Vtech Kiddizoom Duo . Vtech make a range of different cameras for children but this one looked perfect for my little man and after reading many reviews I couldn’t wait to purchase it.

I headed out to get it the next day because after looking up all about it and deciding it was the one for Dylan I found that it was in the sale at Argos, bingo! After purchasing it I then decided I would give it to him the next day when Amellia was in school so that she wouldn’t be pestering him.
The next morning I gave it to him and he loved it! He didn’t put it down all day and didn’t use his IPad once after being given the camera, which is incredible because normally we have to listen to the gummy bear song at least 30 times a day.

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After I showed him how to add effects to the screen and change the colour he didn’t need much more help. I showed him the button to take pictures and how to change the camera from the front facing to the rear facing one but Dylan doesn’t tend to take many pictures he just likes to watch the world go by on the screen as it isn’t so overwhelming for him then.

A common complaint about the camera was that it took batteries and wasn’t rechargeable but to us this was actually a huge positive it means that no matter where we are we can take a spare set of batteries with us when we are out and about incase the others run out. My complaint would be that there are games on the camera, they are unnecessary to be on a camera. I have removed them from Dylan’s but he wasn’t using them anyway. The battery life has really impressed me. He has used it all day and I mean all day and it has only just came up with a low battery warning, my next purchase is going to be some rechargeable batteries so that we can always some in it and a charged lot in his bag.

Such a simple to use and perfect camera. I think it is one of the best if not the best thing that I have ever bought for Dylan.

-WeeOhana

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Airplane Bags!

This time next week we are going to be in Disney World! I cannot wait, its a big secret from little miss and she hasn’t got a clue. She is in for the most amazing shock! She is always asking to go down and spend time with my parents so we are going to tell her that we are going down to spend 2 weeks with them and then let my dad tell her that we are all going away to Disney, she is literally going to lose it!
I’m pretty nervous about the 9 hour flight.. Dylan should be ok once he has got used to the noise as he will happily sit and watch his Ipad, Amellia doesn’t like staying still for more than five minutes. It’s going to be an experience.. Ad made a joke about buying everyone on the flight a pair of ear plugs and handing them out at the start, I’m thinking maybe he actually should, lol!
I thought I’d share a little post of what I have in there bags for on the airplane, maybe give you some ideas for if you go traveling with little people!

Fully charged IPads with movies and YouTube videos that they know and love downloaded, new apps put on but also the ones that they use already, especially for Dylan. He is happier doing things that he is used to and knows how to do. I’ll do another post shortly with the apps he uses now, but here is the apps he loved last year and the majority of these are still played regularly. To go with the IPads I have also got two power packs so that we can recharge them when the kids hopefully sleep on the flight..

Colourings books with twistable crayons have been added too, if you haven’t seen the twistable crayons before they are amazing! We love them, so much easier than having to sharpen crayons etc. Amellia has got one of the Top Model books, they are full of outlines of people who you then draw clothes/hair etc onto them and Dylan has one full of Thomas the Tank engines!

Stickers, stickers and more stickers. Both of the kiddies love stickers so I have got a selection of different ones and have done that awesome mum hack of peeling off the outsides of them so the stickers come off easily without the kids getting angry at them and ending up ripping the stickers which then ends in tears. I have got them a book of blank pages each to stick them onto and to draw pictures on too.

Reading books, more for Dylan than Amellia as he loves reading and looking at books. I have got him an alphabet book, number one, shapes & colours. He has lots of alphabet toys but I didn’t want to bring them on the plane with us because if he gets mad and throws it then we will have to get everyone to hunt to find the letters to calm him, which would be pretty awkward! Amellia has got a reading book about Tinkerbell to keep her going.

I got a little set of play doh for Amellia to have on the plane, but not one for Dylan because he really enjoys eating and licking play doh.. yep he wont eat food but he just loves that horrible play doh taste. Typical. I have also got Amellia a Disney 3DS game so will be putting my DS in her bag for her to use and hopefully keep her entertained for a little while.

Finally i have put a few blind bags in as these bring a lot of excitement to little ones and entertainment while they play with them, oh and also headphones and noise cancelling headphones. Dylan currently wont wear noise cancelling headphones but I am thinking that if we are on the plane and the noise is really annoying him and wont just go away hopefully he will realise they help, along with favourite teddies for comfort!

What do you take with you on the plane? Any other things you think would keep my pair entertained?!

-WeeOhana

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Fuzzikins Review & Giveaway!

Recently we got sent some Dozy Dogs & Cozy Cats Fuzzikins to review & do a giveaway of.

IMG_3209.jpgWe decided to do the Dozy dogs first and Amellia just couldn’t wait to get going with designing them and I couldn’t wait to see how she made them all look! Everything that you need to do this craft is inside of the box so it is perfect as you don’t have to go hunting around for bits and pieces that you need you can just open the box and get on with it.

Once opened Amellia couldn’t believe that they actually felt fluffy and thought they were really cute. After looking at the colours provided she started to decided what sort of design she was going to do on them all. As you can see from this picture it took an awful lot of concentration to colour them in too!
IMG_3239.jpgShe had so much fun colouring them all in and it was lovely to see her concentrating really hard on making these little dogs looking just how she wanted them too. The only problem I found was that the pen did go onto her hands a lot, but thankfully washed off super easy.
IMG_3244.JPGShe was most proud of her little Harry Potter dog as she called him and even made up a little song about him that you may have caught over on my Instagram story a while ago.

IMG_3248.jpgHere are her little dogs that she designed, another thing I wasn’t to keen on was that it was nearly impossible to give them a nice smooth finish with the pens, but this didn’t bother Amellia at all.
IMG_3252.jpgWe then cracked on with making the beds for them so that she could put them all to sleep before she went to bed, it was a little fiddly but she really enjoyed making the beds, colouring them in and decorating them with the stickers provided.
IMG_3258.jpgWe really enjoyed colouring in the dogs and there beds, we laughed, made up songs and worked together. It kept her attention for a long time which is always a struggle and she has enjoyed playing with them ever since. Every night before bed she makes sure they are tucked in to sleep too. Lovely little set especially for the price.

If you fancy giving them a try pop over here for a chance to win a set, or over to my facebook page here. Why not enter both and give yourself a greater chance of winning a set! (UK & Ireland Residents Only)

-WeeOhana

*_* These products were sent to me free of charge to do a review & Giveaway. All opinions are my own honest ones.*_*

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Still coming to terms

I’m still coming to terms with it all
it ain’t fun and games
It’s tough, it’s real tough
The future I imagined has had to change

One day our world flipped 180
This is not what we had ever envisioned
But we are learning how to help
I just wish I could make everything okay

I know this is a long and tough journey
Full of many unexpected twists & turns
Wonderful joys
And dreadful downs

I will always do what’s best for you
I will fight for what you deserve
Help you understand what’s going on
And encourage you to grow

You mean the word to me, to us.
My perfect little person, flaws & all.
You complete this family.
You complete my heart.

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Amellias Captures

While trying to do the never-ending task of a mum & sort out the house for what feels like the millionth time I came across a whole heap of cameras I had been hording.
They all worked perfectly, but had been added to the pile as I got a new one so some were pretty old! After sorting through them and getting rid of the ones which were pretty useless I found one that wasn’t too bad and decided that I would let Amellia have it to see how she got on.

I must admit I did expect to have a camera full of totally rubbish pictures and yes of course there was a few odd ones.. I even have odd pictures on mine but I thought they would outweigh the good but they didn’t.

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There was a lot of random selfies, rather a few only had half her head in.. but they made me smile and she loved looking back through them and telling me why she took the selfie and where is was.

DSC02446.JPGSeveral of Dylan, because well.. she totally adores him.

DSC02450.JPGA few of views and the sky from our walkDSC02469 (2).JPG& this one that completely melted my heart. I was completely unaware that she was taking this and only when we came home and were looking at them did I see it. Look at how happy Dylan is with that perfect wee smile he has, along with his smile I actually like this picture of myself too. Maybe it’s because you can’t see my face.. but I totally love this picture. One I wouldn’t have ever got if I didn’t give her a camera.

Along with these pictures there was also several long videos of her waffling to the camera about what she could see out the window, what she was making with air dry clay, discussing the weather (Her favourite topic) and just general chit-chat.

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I think she is at the perfect age now to have a camera, it will teach her responsibility along with capturing some awesome memories. After she has been using it for a while I’m going to get her a wee photo album so she can print out the ones that mean something to her and she can then write a wee bit about them and keep them safe to look at whenever she wants.
I cant wait to see what other things she captures and will do another post in a while once she has been out with her camera again.

I have given her an Instagram account obviously on my phone and she will only use when beside me and i will monitor and all that jazz. But thought it would be perfect for her to get her pictures somewhere to look back at easily and write her own wee description! If you wanna see what she snaps in the future head over to it here and give her a follow!

-WeeOhana

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Mars Bar Fudge

Last year we had some chocolate left after Easter and made some cornflake buns this year we decided to use what we had left to make mars bar fudge.
It is really simple and extremely tasty, it wont be hanging around in our house long!

Ingredients
-400g milk chocolate
-1 can of condensed milk
-3 Mars bars
You will also need
-Baking tray with high sides, baking paper & saucepan

Method
-Break up the chocolate and put it into the saucepan along with the condensed milk.
-Heat over a low heat until it has all melted.
-Take it off the heat & leave to cool for 15 minutes
-While its cooling chop up the mars bars into slices, make sure to keep one mars bar separate.
-Put the baking paper into the baking tray to make it easier to take out after its all cooled.
-Once cooled add two of the chopped mars bars into the mixture and stir.
-After stirring empty out the mixture into the baking tray and spread it out evenly.
-Add the final sliced mars bar to the top,

IMG_4543.jpgOnce cooled lift it out and slice it up then enjoy!

IMG_4545.jpgIf you fancy chocolate fudge instead check it out here
Or If you fancy a really different fudge to chocolate check it out here

-WeeOhana

 

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A-Z

Recently First Time Valley Mam shared an A-Z of what autism meant to her, I thought this was a great idea and something I am going to try to do once a year to see what I have learnt throughout the year and how things have changed.

A – Autistic.
This word has crossed my mind for as long as I can remember, one that I am still coming to terms with and trying to learn everything I can about.

B – Battle.
Everything feels like a huge battle, we have to fight for so many things to get done at the right time to enable Dylan to have what he deserves at the right time.

C – Counting.
Numbers are a huge thing to us now, Dylan loves numbers and trying to count as he goes along. Often he will just be counting his foot steps as he walks along.

D – Dylan.
My wonderful little cheeky monkey. He makes me so proud and amazes me often, with that curly hair of his and cheeky smile what’s not to love.

E – Eating.
How can one of my children love food and the other have such a huge aversion to eating. It is a constant struggle to try to find food that he will eat that isn’t mince..

F – Friendships.
When something so huge happens in your life you really find out quite quickly who are your true friends, and then better still you go on to make friendships that are true.

G – Goals.
Something that I have found has been really important to helping myself keep a level head is setting attainable goals for Dylan. Ones that I know he will reach sooner rather than later, I feel if you set big goals that aren’t very attainable you end up beating yourself up about it.

H – Home
These four walls are starting to send me a little mad, Dylan is not one for going outside or to places he doesn’t know. We are back to even the park being a huge struggle for him, home is his safe place where he wants to stay 24/7.

I – IPad.
Something about those sped up, backwards, slowed down videos of the gummy bear on YouTube make Dylan’s world complete,  he loves his iPad and without it we wouldn’t be able to go anywhere. It seems to be able to help him zone out from everything around him.

J – Judgement.
I’m having to grow a thick skin very fast, you get so many judgemental looks and comments when you are out & about.

K – Knowledge
My knowledge about autism is ever-growing and I know that it will never stop.

L – Lines
Lining items up brings Dylan so much joy, but if you touch that line or move it you better be prepared to put it back as quickly as possible.

M – Meltdowns
With very poor means of communication Dylan has many meltdowns. He can’t tell us what he wants and we can’t explain anything to him, I’m hoping in time these will become less frequent as he grows older and we find a way to communicate.

N – Nonsensical
Recently Dylan has started babbling away to himself and I can not wait for it to start to actually make sense!

O – Obsessions. 
Dylan’s obsessions go far beyond what I ever thought an obsession could be. If he has a set of figures and loses one he gets very worked up extremely quickly. Thankfully nothing has gone missing for good so far.. normally they can be found under a sofa or even just sitting behind him.

P – Pointing.
This is something that I am working on teaching Dylan how to do, not something I ever thought I would have to teach a child to do.

Q – Questions.
My head is full of questions but as soon as I get the chance to talk to a professional somehow they just vanish as if by magic. I’m sure I will always have tons of questions floating around in my head.

R Repetition.
Dylan’s favourite thing is repetition, his play is repetitive, the videos he enjoys, what he eats, literally everything Dylan does and enjoys is based on repetition.

S – Sibling.
Recently the bond between Amellia & Dylan has grown immensely. Obviously it has to be when they are both in the right mood, but when it happens it is simply wonderful to watch them getting on and enjoying each others company.

T – Treasure.
I now treasure so many memories that others would not find a huge ordeal. These are so important to me and are what keep me going on a rough day.

U – Understanding.
To get through this all we have to be understanding as a family. We have to understand how it affects each of us, and help each other when we are struggling.

V – Verbal.
Dylan has started to use echolalia a lot when watching videos of his favourite things. We are hoping to expand on this in the future so that we can communicate with him and he can communicate with us to tell us what it is he wants or needs.

W – Worry.
This is something I do constantly. I have always been a worrier but now it has got a lot worse as I’m sure you can understand.

X – Xmas.
It was a rather painful time for us that Dylan just had no understanding whatsoever of what was going on, Amellia loves xmas and I hope one day Dylan will love it just as much.

Y- Yourself.
Something that I have lost during this whole thing. Becoming a mother changes someone greatly, but becoming a mother to a child with additional needs is an even greater change that I can not explain.

Z – Zips.
Something that Dylan finds rather distressing unless they are done up right to the very top.

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-WeeOhana