Aydan's Road to Recovery


Just two days before Halloween, I am making a healthier version of Halloween Candies for the kids! This recipe is cheap and super easy! It is SCD, GAPS and Paleo friendly. It can easily be modified to be AIP, Keto or BED friendly!

What you’ll need…
-Sauce pot
-Measuring spoons for TBLSP
-Measuring cup
-Candy molds (optional)

-1 cup orange juice (preferably organic and not from concentrate)
-3 TBLSP. Plain gelatin (preferably grassfed)
-Pinch of Tumeric (optional)

Bring 1 cup of juice to boil on medium heat. Once boiling add gelatin slowly, 1 TBLSP at a time while whisking constantly. Once blended add the mixture to your molds. If using molds, place them on something hard and flat such as a cutting board so they aren’t wobbly. Place in the fridge until they have hardened, usually about an hour or less.

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Son-Rise Program Fundraiser

432173_2986711539952_1378342205_nAydan is a beautiful 11 year old boy, who was diagnosed with autism at age 2. He is a charming, intelligent, fun, affectionate, warm and tender child.

Unfortunately due to his condition, he suffers from high anxiety, stress, is non-verbal and struggles with everyday living. He has severe sensory dysfunction and many medical conditions including severe gastrointestinal disorder that further exasperates his issues.

Like any human being he longs to be connected with others, understood and accepted but with the communication skills of a 1 year old, he is growing more and more frustrated by his inability to do so.

For nearly 9 years we have tried just about every therapy under the sun both traditional and non. Aydan has been in behavioral (ABA) programs, Floortime (DIR), Relationship Development Intervention (RDI), Hanen Language Program, Special Autism Day Class, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Physical Therapy, Listening Therapy, Equestrian Therapy, Vision Therapy, Fitness training, Gymnastics and on and on. He has also participated in biomedical interventions that include DAN protocol, homeopathy, special diets, chiropractics, accupressure and more.

As his mother I have completed 1000s of hours of research and training to better understand his condition and support him. I love this child as much as any person can possibly love another… I will never give up on him.

I believe the window of opportunity never closes and am reaching out to an organization that believes the same. The Son-Rise Program was established in 1974 by parents who loved their son the way that we love Aydan. They were willing to reach him in anyway possible with radical acceptance and love. At this point in time with all Aydan has been through, he deserves nothing less.

Not only were the founders of the Son-Rise program, the Kaufman family, able to successfully reach their child; Their son, now an adult has gone on to teach others their unique method helping countless families reach their affected loved ones.

Our family is desperate to reach Aydan the way so many others have been able through Son-Rise.  We are seeking funds to attend their Start Up program, which include the following:
$2200 per person Tuition Costs (x2)
$740 Round trip airfare for 2, $200 Car rental, $120 Airport transport, $2880 one on one paid aide at 4 hours per week for 12 months.

Any amount is welcome!

Our goal is to attend the upcoming program December 4-9, 2016.

Thank you for your time, attention, support and prayers!

God Bless!


Volunteer in Aydan’s Son-Rise Program!


Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer for Aydan’s Son-Rise program.  Your support and prayers make a difference in our family’s life.

I believe many children within a state of autism, though their language is often limited, they are still highly intuitive and have a great sense of emotional intelligence.  The sheer fact that one is volunteering their time to spend with a child out of the goodness of their heart will be healing to them.  Son-Rise is unique compared to other forms of therapy as it begins with our beliefs.  It asks us to maintain radical acceptance of the child no matter what.  They are loved, valued and honored exactly as they are and through that alone miracles occur.

For long term volunteers (typically at least 4 hours per week for 6 months) we are looking for individuals who are enthusiastic about keeping a positive attitude and are willing to maintain a belief in healing.

We are offering:

  • Specific instruction in methods of The Son-Rise Program to help a special child.
  • The chance to help create a miracle and help a beautiful boy become healthy, whole and capable in his life.
  • Hands-on training and learning in a brilliant model that has been proven to work thousands of times, and that can provide a deeper understanding not only of healing from autism, but also of child neurological development, while working individually with our child.
    • An internship completion certificate issued by ASD Climber Foundation (a non-profit organization) that could be helpful (depending on your situation) in future employment, or for school credit.
    • Supervision, training and feedback from a program that has been finely honed, and that WORKS. Newly published scientific study supporting Son-rise, available here.
    • Training in your own personal and psychological development, as you gain tools to help you: love what is; be present in the moment; and make happiness a choice that you can bring everywhere you go.
  • Skills to help you join, build, and initiate with children.
    • The opportunity to PLAY and have a blast.
    • Tools to help you be a force of nature in the playroom, and in life.

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Review of New Zine by Curious Peacock!

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Amazing and long over-do. It is so refreshing to see fun and exciting, yet educational material for middle to highschool age children.

This material does a great job cutting through the myths and propaganda, while getting to the truth of the subject in an entertaining way that captures the student’s interest.

I’m looking forward to checking out the other zines. My 7th grade homeschooler is sure have fun with these.

To find the free download and check out Curious Peacock’s other articles, go to: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Measles-Outbreak-2430100


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10 days (ish) of GAPS / SCD pies!

Always taking the opportunity to turn family cooking into a homeschool event. The science behind meringue.. http://highered.mheducation.com/sites/0078616441/student_view0/food_science_activities/demystifying_meringue.html

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Let them eat pie…P14107481

Being on a restrictive diet; albeit a healing one can be daunting, especially if you’ve never been much of a cook.  As I mentioned in a previous post, I was not a natural Suzy home-maker.  I was not raised being taught how to cook, sew and garden like the generations before mine.  I found these acts of empowered survival to be tedious chores.  It was not until my 2nd child, Aydan regressed into autism and severe gut dysbosis after vaccination that I began to re-think my position.

When we started our journey into gluten and dairy free back in 2007, it wasn’t the high profile diet it is today.  There weren’t GF versions of everything from panko crumbs to oreo cookies.  It was just beginning to boom in popularity and I was willing to partake in whatever short-cut was available to me, until I realized this…

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GAPS EggNog IceCream! (And tips for adults and egg allergies too).

As always.. Anytime you cook as a family it’s a good school project. The science, history of ice-cream, the nutrition facts of GAPS, etc etc.

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Hey y’all… It’s the holidays and here in Southern California (unless you live in the mountains), it’s ice-cream season year round.  And what says the holidays more than egg-nog?

Personally it’s always been a bit too sweet and thick for my taste, like someone took pancake batter and put it in a glass… However, I’m cooking for the whole fam and everyone wants to be apart of the scene.  So… I went in search of a dairy free egg-nog recipe that was GAPS legal and although there are several legal egg-nog recipes, (like this one from GAPS journey), I couldn’t find any straight up, easy capreezy, lemon squeezy GAPS ice-creams but this one from Plated with Style is pretty darn close.

In fact the only modification you would need to insure it GAPS/SCD friendly is changing the Coconut Sugar to honey.  Though coconuts, coconut flour, cream and oil…

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The Holidays on Autism (And Loving the Life I never knew I wanted)!

Homemade advent calendars are a good art project too…

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To be an autism mom means spending several hours making a home-made advent calendar so your leaky gut, autoimmune, GAPS kid feel included and having him wake up in the middle of the night to completely obliterate it…

Now I know it wasn’t much to look at to begin with.. I have honestly never been super artistically inclined or artsy crafty.. At least not compared to the numerous experts you see on pinterest.  Growing up I was certain I’d be a “working” mom.  I thought I’d be a teacher, writer or a radio talk show host… Wait.. come to think of it, I am all those things.. I just don’t get paid for it.. Well.. at least not in monetary value.

After being thrust into stay-at-home mom-hood by a highly demanding vaccine damaged child, I discovered something miraculous.. I love it!  Now, I’ve had my moments.. I’ve had those…

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