Heads up for Vons, Pavillions, Albertson’s Shoppers!

As I’m sure you’ve noticed, the app has changed and updated, and our familiar, beloved app is gone. However, in an email earlier this week, it was announced that there are more changes afoot and they are seemingly positive.

Just for U® is becoming Vons for U (or Pavillions, or Albertsons for U, depending on the store in which you shop). Members get the same great perks plus a whole lot more.

New Perks Include Free Birthday Treat, Free Monthly Items, Easy, All-in-one App!

We’ve been assured that our old favorites will remain, such as Personalized Deals, Earn Points and Redeem Rewards, and Digital Coupons.

To tell you the truth, I haven’t been a big Vons/Albertsons shopper for years as their prices are a lot higher than other stores in our area, but with the freebies that have been offered lately, it’s worth a peek into the app (and store).

Let me know what you think about all of these changes. Will it draw you into the store or keep you a loyal shopper?

Fall and Halloween Crafts at Dollar Tree!

Fall is right around the corner, and that means it’s time for Fall and Halloween crafts!

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen my post last week. Many of our local Dollar Tree stores are well stocked with Harvest, Halloween, and Dia de Los Muertos crafting supplies.

I love the paintable skulls, and the large wooden cutouts (I got a pumpkin).

If you are looking for some craft ideas, check out the Dollar Tree Blog. They have some cool ideas, I love their wreath ideas!

I’ll be posting pics when I get my wooden crafts painted. Make sure to check out my Instagram account for lots of crafts and other fun stuff!




Tea Collection: It’s the BIG one

** This post also contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. 

Are you ready for Back to School? Do your kids need some more shorts and summer gear before fall and cooler weather take over? Here in CA, we have at least 2-3 months before the weather cools down and we can look forward to sweater weather (just in the early morning or late at night, it will still be in the low 80’s during the day until Christmas).

Here are a few of the sale pieces that my little bit has picked out for her Back to School wardrobe:

Tea Collection specializes in kids clothes in sizes Newborn to size 16.

What I love about Tea Collection is that they are very well made and hold up over years of wear, and that means hand me downs!

Price Point Category prices as marked on site. Offer valid from 8/6/2021 through 8/8/2021 at 11:59 PM PT. Discount taken will be pre-tax. Cannot be combined with other promotions. No adjustments on previous purchases. Not redeemable for cash. Cannot be used towards the purchase of gift cards. Limited to stock on hand.


What to do When You Have a Newly Diagnosed Child on The Autism Spectrum?

I’m in a few Facebook groups for parents of children that are on the Autism spectrum or are otherwise neurodivergent.

One of the things about being a parent of a neurodivergent child is that after you are informed of your kids’ diagnosis is there is nothing. It’s like, “Here is the diagnosis. Thanks for your co-pay… NEXT!!”

Typically, doctors and other clinicians don’t offer you resources, support, or give you any information. Sometimes you have to fight to get a copy of the diagnostic report.

In my Facebook groups, parents of newly diagnosed children come and ask, “What now?” or “How do I get my kid help and services?” After typing the same response literally hundreds of times in the past 5 years trying to help parents and guardians (because I had no help and had to google and claw and find help for my child and family), here are a few resources that have helped my family:

If you suspect your child may be neurodivergent, contact their pediatrician. Ask for an assessment. You may receive a referral to a psychologist. The intake process is lengthy. There are typically 2-3 appointments, plus lots of paperwork to complete. If you receive any pushback, keep pressing forward. If your doctor says no, call your insurance provider directly and ask for help. If you live in San Diego County, you can also contact the San Diego Regional Center directly for help getting an assessment.

Once you receive a diagnosis, request a copy of the paperwork for your files. You will need a copy of the diagnosis paperwork to access services.

Important side notes: Start a file/binder (I use this one) for all of your paperwork. There will be a lot of it. I also have heavy-duty page protectors and folders in the three-ring binder. I keep his IEP (Individual Education Plan), IHSS paperwork, Regional Center paperwork, a list of his doctors (including their phone numbers and addresses), and copies of the medication inserts/directions that come with the prescriptions.

If you are in San Diego County, contact the San Diego Regional Center. Any resident of San Diego or Imperial County believed to have a developmental disability may receive intake services through the San Diego Regional Center. The Regional Center can help you access services such as respite care, Medi-cal Waiver, and access to community services. For most families, Regional Center services are free or very inexpensive. The intake paperwork will go over income requirements for payment for being a Regional Center Client. Our kiddo has been a Regional Center client for 5 years, and they have been a great resource.

Once you get in touch with the Regional Center and your child becomes a client, you want to get your child on Medi-cal. This will allow them to receive the most services and can help your family access IHSS (In Home Support Services- Someone to help provide care for your child, as their special needs may mean that they require extra care or support above and beyond what a neurotypical child their age may require).

If your family makes too much money annually to qualify your child through Medi-Cal, ask for a Medi-cal Development Disability Waiver. Having this waiver for your child is really important, as it will open up so many services and programs.

Some neurodivergent children require services to help better their quality of life. Some of these services include:

  • OT (Occupational Therapy)
  • Speech Therapy
  • Behavioral or Mental Health Therapy
  • Feeding Therapies

The Regional Center Case Worker assigned to your child can help you navigate what services they can help with, and provide resources.

Note about Medi-cal: Just because your kid has it, doesn’t mean that you have to use it as their primary health insurance. For our family, we use Medi-cal to cover the gaps that we’ve found in our primary insurance. Covering co-pays for medication that relates to his diagnosis, and in the past, a few other therapies that we no longer utilize.

There are a lot of support groups online to help parents navigate life with Neurodivergent kiddos. It’s worth a Facebook or Reddit search, using your city, state, or geographic area.

There are also a lot of non-profits that are all about helping Neurodivergent people. I love NFAR (the National Federation for Autism Research), they are local to San Diego, and they have programs for parents, kids, and teens, and adults.

The Autism Tree Project Foundation is another NPO I love. They have all sorts of great playgroups, events, and resources for families of Neurodivergent people.

MOST IMPORTANT: Regardless of your child’s diagnosis, they are still your kid. Nothing changes your love for them and their love for you. If you are uncomfortable or if your child is uncomfortable with any therapies that they take part in, listen to your gut, and listen to your kid. There are some therapies that are commonly accepted that older Autists (people on the autism spectrum) recount as having negative mental or physical impacts on them.

Please seek out support- There are a lot of people who have gone through what you are going through. Lots of parents, friends, allies who can share their resources, and offer you a shoulder to cry on when you are frustrated, and hugs when you need them. I count myself among those supporters. When you need help or support, don’t hesitate to email me or DM/PM me on any of my socials. 

8/6/2021 Friday Freebies and Deals

Hey Gang! It’s Friday and that means it’s time for some freebies and deals.

It’s 100% Back to School Season at our house! School starts in 2 weeks and we are knee deep in cleaning out our closets to see what kind of new clothes are needed (socks, the answer is socks), as well as checking backpacks and lunch bags to see what needs to be replaced.

This will be the last week that I post these links, as most of these programs are ending in the next week or so:

If you are looking for birthday freebies, fret not! I put together a list new for 2021- Check it out here.

Most of these freebies and deals are online. I know y’all are vaxxed and ready to party, but I’m trying to keep you safe. Keep up the social distancing with strangers, wash and sanitize your hands, and cover your mouth and nose if you are going to be around strangers. The kids and I still mask up when we go out, and I’ve got hand sanitizer at the ready.


Free Hair Boost Serum
Free Donut Wednesdays at Dunkin
Free Sample of Orgain Protein Powder
Free Bath Bombs
Free Celltrient Cellular Health Supplement Packets
Free Sample of Breathe Right Extra Clear Nasal Strips
Free noops Organic Oatmilk Pudding
Free $5 Off $5 at Ace Hardware = Free Item
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Free Ancient Nutrition Bone Broth Protein Chocolate
Free No7 Pure Retinol Night Cream or Eye Cream
Free Sample of CeraVe Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser
Free School Bus Bookends from Home Depot
Free Marsh Wear Stickers
Free Subscription to Vanity Fair Magazine
Free AHA Sparkling Water For Heat Wave Affected Cities
Free Spotlight Oral Care Whitening Strips Sample
Free Pizookie at BJ’s
Free Subscription to Harper’s Bazaar Magazine
Free Patchology Hero Status Roll Model Roll-On Eye Serum
Free Alpha Foods Breakfast Sandwich
Free Sample of Valentino Voce Viva Fragrance
Free Ocean’s Halo Organic Soy-Free Dressing
Free Sample of Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gio
Free Ellenos Real Greek Yogurt
Free Sample of Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue
Free $5 Target Gift Card with COVID Vaccine
Free Democracy Now Sticker
Free Ayn Rand Novels for Teachers
Free MyHeritage Ancestry Tools



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