Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Percy Jackson / Greek Gods Birthday Party

For my son's 12th birthday, he wanted a Percy Jackson / Greek God themed party. He LOVES Greek Mythology, I mean loves it. There wasn't a lot out there, a couple of things on Pinterest so I had to wing it a little.

First up was a chalkboard drawing for his birthday. One of the things his previous teacher did was a chalkboard drawing for his birthday. He loved that so I wanted to continue that in our Waldorf Homeschool. I worked off of the picture of Zeus in one of our Greek Mythology books. I am still very much working on my artistic skills (did I mention we are NEW to Waldorf homeschooling??) so be gentle.

Since Percy Jackson's favorite color is blue, his mom gives him a blue birthday party so that was pretty easy. Blue streamers, blue balloons, I found some gold star balloons which fit well. We cut out large yellow thunderbolts out of posterboard and smaller ones using my Cricut for the cupcakes. I also found these cute ceremonial cups at the Dollar Store that looked Greek to use on top of some cupcakes. 
My version of Zeus

The book version
The decor and presents are ready!
Paleo cupcakes, gluten, dairy, and soy free. These are coconut flour based and to get the Percy Jackson flare, I made a blueberry puree and it colored them nicely.

Close up of the cupcake

Paleo, gluten, dairy, and soy free pancakes. These are almond flour based and again to color them blue I made blueberry puree. I put some in a baggie, cut off the end and was able to do a number 12 and a lightening bolt. We served them up on our special celebration plate and he loved it!
This was about as low key as it gets. He was super excited about his birthday last night before bed and the whole day he was just enjoying his special day. It was great to watch given years past my husband and I felt like we celebrated his birthday for him because he didn't seem to understand what we were celebrating! He's come a long way baby! This year he kept telling me how excited he was and before bed last night told me how much he loved me and how I was the best mom ever. Buttering mom up always helps. ;)

Harry Potter Birthday Party

Wow, it is only in having my son's birthday party in September that I am realizing I never posted about my daughter's birthday party in January. Yeah, to say we've been busy around here is a huge understatement! Both of my children have gotten to the point where this year they are choosing just to have a family party. But, that doesn't mean we don't decorate and have FUN! So, for anyone else wanting to do a Harry Potter themed birthday party, I hope these ideas can be of use!
Chocolate Frog Boxes

Chocolate Frogs! They sell this mold on Amazon, I used Enjoy Life allergen friendly mini chips

Letters coming out of the fireplace
Fireplace letters from another angle
Mandrake Cupcakes! Take babies meant to be baked into cakes (think Kings Cake for Mardi Gras) and hot glue a bit of fake plants on top and tuck into a cupcake. This one is a paleo version, gluten, dairy and soy free with Almond Flour. I bought little pots and just inserted them with the cupcake liner they were baked in.
I took one cupcake and crumbled it to give it the look of dirt in the pot.

Plated Mandrake Cupcakes on a Dollar Store tray

"Howlers" made from apples with sunbutter

"Hippogriff Eyes" aka Olives

"Pumpkin Juice" aka Orange flavored PowerPak

"Berrybots Every Flavor Bean" aka Surf Sweet organic, dye free jelly beans

The table
I was able to serve healthier versions of foods and treats without missing out on anything. And, finds like the Target Dollar Spot (chalkboard stickers) and the Dollar Store for the trays and pots made it economical as well. Celebrations don't have to be limiting when you have food allergies and intolerances. Some additional creativity will take you far once you get the hang of it!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Why Should Parents of Children with Autism Take Dr. Woeller's Autism Mastery Course?

We are in a time of ever increasing treatment options, but where do you start? As a parent, the journey of autism recovery can be a long one. Do you want to take more control over your child's healing and treatment? Do you want to better understand the options available? Do you have limited time and need this at your own pace?? I said yes to every one of these and that is why I am taking Dr. Woeller's Autism Mastery Course! Need more convincing? Check out the 5 reasons below that YOU should take his course too.

Top 5 Reason Parents of Children With Autism Should Take
Dr. Woeller’s Autism Mastery Course
#1 – Decrease months and years of frustration trying to figure out things on your own by becoming empowered through self-education about the tremendous potential to help your child.
#2 – Get immediate help for your questions through the ‘participant’ forum and have access to cutting edge information right from your computer.
#3 – Learn to prioritize which laboratory tests are most important for your child and why, what the various markers mean from the tests that you do, and prioritize what interventions to focus on as top priority items.
#4 – Learn to troubleshoot common behavioral and biomedical challenges often seen in integrative health practice. Learn to devise strategies to improve the best outcome for your child.
#5 – Obtain doctor designed information for your own education and to share with your child’s personal medical professional to assist in their treatment.
See Dr. Woeller’s Autism Mastery Course here:

Friday, June 12, 2015

Autism Recovery, hear from 11 moms who have recovered their children from autism

Autism recovery. Such a loaded term, I am not exactly sure why. Would you say "What do you mean you are treating your child's diabetes with insulin, can't you just ACCEPT them as they are?" That is how I feel about the disorder called autism. I never presume to know anything about anyone else's child and their medical history unless I am looking at their lab results or speaking with a knowledgeable caregiver about their health history. But, I know my own child's story quite well. I have volumes of files, psychological evals, school evals, laboratory tests, supplement logs, etc. It is another full time job staying on top of what he needs to keep improving his health.

Low and behold, as I treated some of these underlying MEDICAL issues, the behaviors we associate with autism began to lessen. ATEC and ADOS scores began to fall. IEP's were no longer filled with talk of autism, as a matter of fact his school records note specific learning disability in certain areas now, not autism. Some may debate that because our diet is still not your "Standard American Diet" (which it will never be again regardless of my son's health status) that he is not "recovered". Some say because we still give him supplements that he is not "recovered". I could care less what anyone's definition of recovery is as long as my child is happy, healthy, thriving and able to navigate this world with less roadblocks. That is how I see my son's diagnosis of autism. He is not autistic, autism is not who he is. Clearly not if he can make so many changes in a relatively short period of time. I know this is touchy and why we need two "camps" is beyond me. I can still love and accept my child despite wanting to optimize his health the best I can. And if that succeeds in a reduction of behaviors that result in a diagnosis of autism, why not?!?

I got to sit up on stage at the recent Autism One conference in Chicago beside my Thinking Moms Revolution sisters. I am a member of TEAM TMR, the non profit side of The Thinking Moms Revolution. My son's story was in the 2nd book. I was told that we were the first panel dedicated to autism recovery. Times are changing. Parents are sharing what is working to heal their children. We are the revolution. No longer will we sit and watch more and more children be diagnosed with autism without providing some measure of hope.

On this panel we shared our stories and took questions from the audience. There were some similar stories but each child is unique and so our stories also varied. I was so proud to be up there with these brilliant ladies, spreading the word that there is something you can do to help your child with autism.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Dr. Kurt Woeller Introduces His Autism Mastery Course

Time and time again, I hear parents complaining that their local physician or practitioner WANTS to help their child with autism and yet doesn't quite have the tools or training to lead them effectively. Quite honestly, that is what made it necessary for my family to drive to the next state to see Dr. Woeller, the lack of truly qualified people who could help me recover my son. But maybe your physician or practitioner is open to learning more, to expanding their skill set to help treat autism more effectively. If that is the case then this course is perfect for them! I believe that more education for our physicians and practitioners on the treatments that actually work for our kids is crucial at this time. The rates of autism have exploded and there is no one-size-fits-all approach when talking biomedical treatment. Please share! And parents, if you are wanting more education for yourselves, Dr. Woeller is opening this up for parents as well!  Below is a message from Dr. Woeller about his new course.

Dr. Kurt Woeller Introduces His Autism Mastery Course
I am very excited about the release of my upcoming Integrative Medicine for Autism Mastery Course for physicians and other health care practitioners. This is the very first time I have ever put together such a program. Truth is, I have been “working on it” for a number of years, trying to encapsulate my 17+ years of clinical practice into a program that could be understood and implemented in a reasonable time frame. With Autism Mastery, I believe I’ve done just that. And just in autism rates are growing each year, and there simply aren’t enough knowledgable health practitioners to help!
This online course will feature clinically relevant, practical, and time efficient material for any health practitioner currently working with the special needs community, or, for those who want to gain knowledge about how to help this underserved population of people. 
To help families struggling with the complexities of autism, I have created an online,  12 week course that will provide a depth of knowledge regarding biomedical intervention for autism-spectrum disorders that would normally take years of training and practice to obtain. In fact, I wish there would have been a course like this when I was starting as it would have shaved years off my learning curve!
While Autism Mastery was created with the health care practitioner in mind, I also know that “autism parents” are some of the most educated and studious people out there, so we will have spots available for dedicated parents as well.  
My goal is to increase the knowledge base of anyone who is looking to implement biomedical intervention into their practices (or homes) and take their knowledge of integrative health concepts to a deeper level in helping these children. We need to have more educated and knowledgable parents and health practitioners helping kids no matter where they are in the world. 
We have some promotional webinars scheduled in April regarding this course. I encourage everyone to join me to learn more about my Autism Mastery Course and how biomedical intervention for autism is so crucial in fighting this growing epidemic. 
Please go to for more information, to join us, or to sign up for a free, informative webinar.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Foot bath detox, what you need to know

I have shared our experiences with the IonCleanse Foot Bath Detox System. Since the end of December we have seen a pretty dramatic reduction in ATEC scores for my son. He started at 25 and at the end of Feb was down to 9!! Anything under 10 is considered recovered. Our biggest gains have been social and interactions. He is asking age appropriate, scenario related questions, requesting interactions from his sister, and giving us pretty normal 11 year old back talk (if that part wasn't so cool I would be highly irritated).

I get asked quite often when I post about the IonCleanse. What is foot bath detox? Is it really effective? What should I see and how quickly? Is this just for autism?? I know there are lots of questions. I had the opportunity to interview Tyler Dahm, Owner of Pathways Natural Wellness Center in Arvada, CO. Not only is she a business owner who uses foot bath detox with her patients but she is a mom of a child recovering from autism. She sees this from the personal and business side and has had a lot of experience in using these units for the betterment of her friends, family, and patients. Don't miss the Detox eConference being put on by The Thinking Moms Revolution tomorrow!!

To check out my interview, visit The Thinking Moms Revolution here.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Detoxification, what you need (and want) to know!

Do you live on this planet? If so, then you NEED to be focused on detox. Whether we like it or not, our world has become increasingly toxic. Between the air, water, food supply, chemicals we are exposed to in personal care products, perfumes, lotions, detergents, the list goes on and on.

As Dr. Stephen Genuis presented at the 2014 IMMH conference, the brain is a "target organ" for toxicity. Toxins accumulate in fatty tissue and being the fattest tissue in our body, the brain bears the brunt. And it starts at birth. Science has found over 200 chemical toxins in the cord blood of newborn babies! We can't think of detox as a luxury or just for those over a certain age. In our toxic world, we ALL need to focus on ways that support and enhance our detox capabilities.

Dr. Genuis provided various diseases/conditions that can be theorized as being related to toxicity. Some are:

Diabetes Mellitus II
Autism (hello!)
Breast Cancer
Prostate Cancer
Mental Health Disorders

Do you know anyone with those issues? What about headaches, fatigue, brain fog, learning disabilities?

You may be thinking "What's the big deal? We pee and poop out those chemicals!". In a properly functioning system, with certain chemicals, yes. But, do you use antipersperant? Sweating is a really big way to eliminate toxins and as a culture, we seem to be hell bent on preventing sweating! Not many of us can spend time lounging in Far IR Saunas each week either. There is also the issue of some chemicals binding to our feedback mechanism and basically being recycled in the body rather than excreted. Some toxins hide effectively in tissues and can be difficult to determine their levels using the normal testing methods.

The bottom line is that detox is more complicated than it used to be but I have good news! The Thinking Moms Revolution is putting on the "Your Life Detoxified" eConference on March 27th. The conference is just $40 and has a great line up of speakers with critical info on ways to detox and why it is important to YOU and your family today. The speakers include:

Debra Lynn Dadd
Dr. William Shaw
Kara Goyette, ND
Tami Duncan

Don't miss this conference with informative speakers and critical information to support the optimal health of you and your loved ones!

Click here to register.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Our IonCleanse Journey

We are thrilled to be embarking on the next level of healing and detox through the IonCleanse from A Major Difference. We got the unit on 12/26 and started using it 12/27. I will chronicle our experiences and also collaborate it with an Organic Acids Test that I ran on my son prior to the start of the program (12/22).

Cleanse 1 - WOW! The results for our whole family varied and really fell in line with our own health issues as you will see below.

My son's session (20 mins):
Halfway into the session

The end of the session, some foam (lymph), lots of brown/red colored flecks.

My Daughter's session (10 mins):
Not much, very light orange/brown (liver)
My session (30 mins):
Tons of foam (lymph, I have an enlarged lymph node)

Lots of red flecks (blood issues)

Green tinge (Gallbladder - I had a gallbladder attack about 5 years ago)

My husband's session (30 mins):
So dark you can't even see his feet!! Very brown/orange (Liver - he was on statins for over a decade, YIKES)

Lots of foam (lymph), green tinge (gallbladder)

Black flecks (heavy metals, no shocker here)

Within 40 minutes of the first cleanse, he rejoined our family at the dining room table (where we were all sitting) and proactively grabbed a difficult puzzle ball he rec'd for Christmas. Previously he wanted nothing to do with it and would only use it with hand over hand guidance from me. This time he calmly got the ball, sat down and started working on it intently. Later that day he also proactively suggested a game of "eye spy" in the car with his sister, also very atypical behavior. There have been some behavioral indicators of die off as well (irritability, defiance, etc.)

Cleanse #2

My son's session (20 mins):
Similar to the first session, maybe a little lighter

Much more lymph "foam" which makes sense as he is fighting a small cold
 My session (30 mins):
Much less red flecks and about the same number of lymph "foam". Still quite green.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Autism Recovery and Friendships: You Made It Out of Holland, Now What?

Recovery doesn't mean perfection and while our kiddos have navigated many hurdles, the social component can still be a struggle. Please read my latest The Thinking Moms' Revolution blog and share with anyone who may be facing something similar with their child.

Read the blog here.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

GMOs, Organics and Food Allergies: How To Feed Your Family Without Losing Your Mind eConference 2014

Anyone who has been following my blog for a while now knows how important food has been in my son's recovery from autism. I truly believe our diet is foundational and helps almost every other therapy you are doing with your child when you are feeding them healthy, healing, nutritious foods. You may be thinking "Yeah, that's just great Terri but who has TIME?" Or "Yeah but MY child has so many food allergies that you just don't understand." Or maybe "Who are you kidding, my child eats 3 foods!". Guess what? I've been there, done that. Mealtime battles were a constant for us for many years. We have navigated many food allergies, intolerances and issues like high oxalates which seem to make an already restrictive diet even more restrictive. My son self selected foods, mainly that he was intolerant too (much of what we crave we have issues with). And even "healthy foods" can be harmful to an individual if they have an allergy or intolerance to them. I was about as "Standard American Diet" as one could get. Yep, me, the crazy food lady who even considers whether my children have had too much fruit in one day. I was not always the way I am today.

My evolution took about 7 years and had a lot of helpers along the way. But the best part is seeing the change in my son and in our whole family really. All of our health has improved and we continue to refine our diets based on lab testing but also on how we feel and have learned to tune in to the vital messages.

The Thinking Moms' Revolution is putting on an eConference related to food! The speakers are leaders in the world of nutrition, especially in regards to individuals with specialized nutritional needs. Julie Matthews is among the speakers and she is one of my dear friends whom I learn from every time I listen to her speak. She started us on our trek to navigating a severely restricted diet and I can never thank her enough for her wisdom and guidance (or being such a wonderful friend!!).

So who are all of the presenters?

  • Jeffrey Smith
  • Stephanie Seneff
  • Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride
  • Heather Fraser
  • Julie Matthews
  • Kris Barrett
I told you, amazing, right?

What is going to be covered?
Feeding your family has become really complicated, time consuming and expensive. The data is piling up quickly that lots of ingredients in processed food are making us fat, sick and unhappy. Grocery stores are full of Genetically Modified food and today’s children are diagnosed with food allergies and behavioral problems at alarming rates. This is creating a climate of fear around something that used to be so simple – feeding your family.

The Thinking Moms’ Revolution has put together an online conference featuring six dynamic and internationally renowned experts in the areas of nutrition, children’s health and the science of food to empower us with education so we can make great food choices for our families. Not only will this conference tackle the issues of what to avoid, covering the topics of GMOs and RoundUp in our food, but we will also go in depth to the sources of the explosion in children’s food allergies and what happens to children’s growth and development when they eat food they can’t digest. Getting down to brass tacks, we offer a live cooking demonstration and some reality-based logistics on budget and time when cooking for special diets. This eConference will be packed with science based nutrition information to help you feel confident and calm about nurturing the people you love with food.

  • You can watch live.
  • Great giveaways.
  • Watch anytime for up to a year afterwards! 
  • You get a free cookbook with recipes from many of our TMR sisters, yes including some of MINE (if that isn't incentive enough.....) 

And the best part?? I get to give one registration away FREE! 

That's right! And all you have to do is:

1) Leave me a comment below about your hardest struggle with food, your greatest food breakthrough, what you hope to get out of the conference most, etc.

2) SHARE this blog! That's right, use those nifty share buttons and spread the healthy food love so more people can learn about this amazing resource.

My winner will be drawn October 3rd and announced on this very post below. Good luck and share, share, share!!

And if you don't win, you can always register here.


Congrats to Kami on being our winner!!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Help Autism Mom Fight Breast Cancer

It is with a heavy heart that I write this blog. One of our own, a Thinking Mom, has had her cancer return for the 3rd time. Her son has severe autism. Every parent fears leaving their child but when that child has a disability that is magnified. Please join us in supporting their family in this time of need. We know Melanie has so much faith, love and healing energy behind her and this will surely help as well. Please say a prayer for her and her family now too. And Melanie, aka Booty Kicker, we love you and are here for you!!

If you would like to donate to our fundraising campaign to support Mel and her family please DONATE HERE:

Friday, August 22, 2014

Easy Paleo Waffles

Back to school means more planning for healthy and nutritious (but fast) breakfasts. That's where this waffle recipe comes in! It is pretty easy to make, freezes well and reheats well for those busy school mornings.

  • 3 egg yolks, room temperature
  • 3 egg whites, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk or water 
  • 1/2 cup ground sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup ground pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • Tallow or coconut oil for waffle iron

Preheat waffle iron, I use cast iron so I put it on medium heat as I begin the recipe to ensure it is hot enough. In a medium bowl, whisk egg yolks and milk. Add flour and salt. Combine until smooth. Add melted coconut oil. Add vanilla. Whisk egg whites until they form moist, stiff peaks. Fold about ¼ of egg whites into batter. Fold batter into remaining egg whites in three parts. Scoop 1/2 c. of batter onto a preheated and greased waffle iron depending on your waffle iron size. Close the lid gently! Cook until golden brown. If it sticks, it is not quite done (hard lesson learned). Double and store leftovers in freezer. Enjoy!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Another option for lab test ordering and interpretation from Dr. Kurt Woeller

I get asked all the time how to go about getting testing ordered when you either don't have a Dr. willing to order them or you aren't currently working with a Dr. Some Drs. refuse to order tests because they are not familiar with specialized testing options for hard to treat issues like autism, auto-immunity, Hashimoto's, food allergies, etc. And even worse, many will tell you they are a waste of time! Many families like mine know the power of testing when it comes to treating underlying issues of these hard to treat disorders. Below is a guest post from Dr. Kurt Woeller on lab testing options for those who may need it.
Lab tests give us the ability to test our body’s chemistry, and are critical for overall optimal health. There are many benefits to lab testing, yet many people overlook the absolute necessity of this type of internal evaluation.

For example, we can surmise that a person’s hormone levels are low based on an individual’s complaint about how they feel, but obtaining the absolute value is impossible without diagnostic assessment. Lab tests help to determine the exact level of hormones such as estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. Why this is important is when using therapy such as hormone replacement medication. In order to know how much hormone to give, we must know how low the hormone is in the first place, then guide our therapy over time with symptom improvement, along with laboratory data to show whether the hormone levels have become optimal, are still too low, or too high. A particular lab test to help in this process is the Functional Adrenal Stress Profile plus V (five), from BioHealth, available at Lab Tests Plus. This salivary test is an accurate way of determining excess or deficiency of various hormones such as progesterone, estrogen and testosterone. Also, evaluated from the #205 panel is adrenal function through cortisol measurement. Adrenal exhaustion is a common pattern with many people and affects energy levels, mood, sleep, and immunity. Without knowing exactly what your particular values are the implementation of specific hormone and adrenal therapy is just a guessing game.

Another example of the importance of lab testing is for chronic infections. Often people suffer from chronic digestive complaints such as bloating, gas, pain, diarrhea or constipation. These types of complaints can persist for months and years and many times individuals try various supplements and medications to no avail. Stool pathogen testing can be very important to rule out an infection in the digestive system that is compromising health. The #401-H Gastrointestinal Pathogen Screen from BioHealth is an excellent stool test to look for chronic infections such as parasites, bacteria, and yeast. Without the data from a stool test many people suffer needlessly when their issue could be resolved quickly through appropriate treatment of an intestinal parasite.

It cannot be overstated that the role of lab testing in health assessment is critical. Only treating of symptoms wastes valuable time and can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars. Laboratory testing is able to identify problems and allow for more appropriate intervention, ultimately saving time and money.

 Lab Tests Plus is a specialized lab ordering service for health education and information. If you have questions about lab testing or which lab test may be most appropriate for your situation, you can post your questions through the “Which Test” section of