TheMomKind

Alicia Trautwein is an Autism advocate, writer, motivational speaker, and dedicated mom of four. Alicia’s desire to advocate for Autism comes from her own autism diagnosis and that of her three children, niece, and brother. Her life’s mission is to educate on autism acceptance and change the world for future generations of autistic individuals.
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Sensory Overload- Learning to Balance Life with Autism

Sensory Overload- Learning to Balance Life with Autism

    One of the biggest expenses our family has invested in over the years, is season passes to Six Flags.  As a child, I only went there a few times. My husband, however, found himself there much more often.  With him having a Halloween birthday, Fright Fest is a must this time of year!  Today was our first attempt at a daytime, fright fest adventure to six flags with an autistic child.  Even as quote "normal" adults, we get a sensory overload every now and again. As a little man whose main sensory issues are visual and hearing, a…
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Our First Autistic Birthday- Doesn’t Always Go As Planned

Our First Autistic Birthday- Doesn’t Always Go As Planned

Last year, we experienced our first autistic birthday (or so we thought!).  This was just six weeks after our son's diagnosis and 6 weeks before our daughters.No two children with autism are the same (I can attest to that!).  But looking back, I wish I had come across someone sharing their story.  It has been moments like these that make I feel God is pulling my heart to continue to share.  With experience comes knowledge.  Even if that knowledge is to bring a coffee and candy bar for myself next time!  Hope you enjoy this flash back to our first autistic…
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Autism Diagnosis at 23 months. One family’s start on an autism journey

Autism Diagnosis at 23 months. One family’s start on an autism journey

As a parent, you quickly learn your children's personalities. We have four children, three girls and one boy.  Now with the girls, I will fully admit that I was overwhelmed.  When our youngest daughter was born, we had three daughters ages five and under.  My mom called them her little whirlwinds, and man did that describe them well! Seven years went by, us thinking that our family was complete. That was until I found out we were pregnant with our fourth child, a boy. This is where the search for an autism diagnosis began. Fast forward.  Early morning on the thirteenth…
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Fresh Lemon Herb Green Bean Recipe

Fresh Lemon Herb Green Bean Recipe

One of the easiest things to grow in the garden is green beans.  No matter where you are, these hardy little plants can take a decent amount of heat or cold.  There are so many varieties, but they all have the same core flavor.  It is so easy to get stuck with just simply cooking them with onions, butter, salt and pepper.  Where I do love that good old southern, hearty green bean flavor, fresh can taste just as amazing.  Many of dinners I make need to be accompanied by a much lighter side item.  The latest way to serve…
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Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe – Simple and Delicious

Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe – Simple and Delicious

  Monday's are busy in our home. From my morning routine. With all the hustle and bustle, dinners needs to planned and in the works several hours ahead of time. Procrastination is my enemy. If I do not have something in the slow cooker, we will wind up getting hot n ready pizza. I remembered at noon I hadn't figured out dinner! My slow cooker is a staple on my counter top, so at least that was one less step I had to take. I decided on chicken noodle soup. That was until I realized I had no carrots, celery,…
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Spaghetti Sauce Recipe (2 Versions) – Family Friendly Recipes

Spaghetti Sauce Recipe (2 Versions) – Family Friendly Recipes

A great spaghetti sauce recipe is one of those staple ingredients needed by every cook.  There are so many uses for it, far beyond just "spaghetti."  There are so many brands that are just pour and go, but they lack that back home taste we all remember as kids.  The main reason I have a garden, is to have some of those major staples like tomatoes and peppers.  Growing fruits and vegetables guarantees freshness and a more organic lifestyle.  Another huge benefit is the money you save in the long run.  By growing them during season and canning for use during the off-season months, you…
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Slow cooker chili recipe that actually tastes good ~ Seriously!

Slow cooker chili recipe that actually tastes good ~ Seriously!

The slow-cooker is my go kitchen device as it saves me a ton of time and delivers amazing flavor!  The fact that I have three, well that indicates I may like to have people over way too much! One dish that always goes over great at parties is my slow cooker chili recipe.   The best thing about it is the flexibility! Here I will be starting you out with the base recipe.  To make it your own, all you have to add some of your favorite extras!  It might sound a little complicated, but it is far from it!  Check out…
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Refrigerator Garden Pickles Recipe

Refrigerator Garden Pickles Recipe

      There is one food that remind me completely of summer.  No, it's not a watermelon but a crisp, delicious pickle!  Pickled fresh from the garden, this refrigerator pickle recipe hits the spot!  Check out this awesome recipe and be sure to try it soon!   Refrigerator Garden Pickles Recipe   What You Need:   2 Large Cucumbers (or 4-6 small cucumbers) 3-4 Mason Jars with lids 3 cups water 1 cup white vinegar 2 tablespoons of sea salt 1 tablespoon of white sugar 1 sprig of dill per jar or 1 tablespoon dry dill each jar 4-8…
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Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

As parents, our days become increasingly busy without a minute to spare.  Most days, I am lucky to even mark a few things off my to do list.  So when I know tomorrow is booked before I even go to bed that night before,  I always go to my recipe book for a pull out a slow cooker meal.  Have fix and forget meals helps to keep us on track for healthy meals, any day of the week.  Not to mention, its amazing to come home to the house smelling like chicken noodle soup! Whether it be a cold day, a…
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Easy Southern Potato Salad Recipe

Easy Southern Potato Salad Recipe

This simple and easy. Southern Potato Salad Recipe is very versatile. You can easily omit or adds ingredients to make it your own. My husband absolutely can not stand mustard, but for many years I put mustard in deviled eggs, baked beans, and potato salad without him even noticing!  So if you have someone who doesn't like one of the ingredients (except potato, you kinda have to leave them in for it to be potato salad), you can easily omit them and more of something you prefer in its place. Southern Potato Salad Recipe What You Need: 6 -8 russet potatoes…
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