The Disability Blogger Award

We have been nominated for The Disability Blogger Award by Jennie from Failure to Thrive No More. We love these awards and think it is pretty amazing that there is an Award to Bloggers who blog about Special Needs, Chronic Illness, and Mental Health! These topics are not always easy to talk about, so we love reading what others share! Thank you Georgina from Chronillicles for creating this award.

Questions from Jennie

What is your ‘why’ for starting your blog?

We started this blog to share crafts and educational activities that we do with our toddler. We really enjoy coming up with ideas that can be adapted based on age and ability level. Over time, the blog has evolved and we have been able to share so much more than that.

What is your coping strategy?

We both have two different coping strategies. Mine is to ask myself “Can I change this?”, if the answer is no, then i choose to try my best to put it to the side and stop worrying about it. This relieves a lot of stress. Mr. Not So Crafty prefers to find a tiny bit of time to himself to play a video game or watch a movie.

What is your favorite movie? Why?

The Princess Bride is probably one of both of our all time favorite movies! It is just such a good movie.

What is your favorite social media channel? Why?

Pintrest. Nothing we make turns out Pintrest perfect, but there is so much fun to look through!

If you could tell your younger self one thing, what would it be?

For me, it would be “just keep swimming”. Things get rough, but you just have to keep going. Mr. Not So Crafty says he would tell his younger self that sometimes things have to get worse before they can get better.

My Nominees Are:

Amy at Treatably

Nyxie at Nyxie’s Nook

Ariana at Ariana Dagan

Angelina at Coffee with a Splash of Gratitude

Lorna at Gin & Lemonade

My Questions for the Nominees:

What is your guilty pleasure?

When it comes to blogging, what is your biggest fear?

What is the best thing that has happened to you this week?

What is your pet peeve?

What is your favorite topic to blog about?

Rules for The Disability Award:

  • Thank your nominator
  • Recognize Georgina from Chronillicles as the creator of the award and include her link https://www.chronillicles.com
  • Use logo somewhere in the post
  • Answer your nominator’s questions
  • Write 5-15 of your own questions – they don’t have to be illness related!
  • Nominate 5-15 other disability, chronic illness, mental illness or special needs bloggers Comment on each of your nominees’ latest posts to tell them they have been nominated.

Tissue Paper Hermit Crab

Over the next week or so, we will be focused on art, activities, and books about pets. Our daughter loves animals, so we thought it would be a fun little learning theme!

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Today we read Is This a House for Hermit Crab? by Megan McDonald. After reading the book, we made a little hermit crab of our own!

Materials Needed

  • Paper Plate
  • Googly Eyes
  • Red Construction Paper
  • Tissue Paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • A Pen or Marker

We started by putting glue in a swirl like pattern on the paper plate and letting our toddler glue the tissue paper on one piece at a time. We already had small squares of tissue paper cut. If you do not keep cut up tissue paper, then you’d need to cut some up before you started.

After the plate was covered in tissue paper, we let it dry while we traced our toddlers hand. We cut out the hand print and then two little parts for the eyes of the crab. If your child is preschool age, try letting them do the cutting!

Next, we helped our little one glue the eyes onto the little pieces and then onto the top of the hand print.

Once the paper plate was dry, we flipped it over and taped the hand print onto the paper plate. You could also use a stapler instead of tape.

Once we flipped it over, we had a cute little hermit crab.

Ten Amazing Gluten Free Breakfast Ideas

About three years ago, I found out through an elimination diet that I was allergic to wheat. We had to change the way we ate in our home, but it wasn’t challenging until our daughter started eating meals with us. Now, it can be difficult to find gluten free food ideas that are appealing to a toddler. Today, I want to share ten child friendly gluten free breakfast ideas!

  1. Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal
Photo Credit: Foodal

2. Gluten Free Buckwheat Buttermilk Waffles

Photo Credit: Foodal

3. Crispy Vegan Waffles With Lentil Protein

Photo Credit: My Pure Plants

4. Gluten Free and Paleo Beet Blueberry Muffins

Photo Credit: A Clean Bake

5. Paleo Double Chocolate Banana Bread

Photo Credit: The Banana Diaries

6. Vegan Buckwheat Pancakes

Photo Credit: The Banana Diaries

7. Instant Pot Egg Bites

Photo Credit: Tasty Galaxy Mostly Low Carb Recipes

8. Banana Blueberry Fritters

Photo Credit: Healthy Little Foodies

9. Easy Keto Breakfast Bowl

Photo Credit: Dancing Through The Rain

10. Grain Free Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Cookies

Photo Credit: Just Take A Bite!

I hope that you enjoy this list of breakfast ideas! We will be posting several more gluten free recipe posts in the next month or so.

Magic Wand

Our toddler loves everything to do with fairy tales. Right now, we are exploring some fairy tale related art, books, and activities. Yesterday, we made a magic wand!

Materials Needed

  • Construction Paper
  • Gems, Stickers, ect.
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Paper Towel Roll

We started by drawing a star on the construction paper and cutting it out. If you want a perfect star, but are bad at drawing, I’d suggest printing out a template of some sort. Our freehand star is a bit wonky, but our toddler didn’t mind. After that, we cut a strip from the paper towel roll. If you are doing this for a group of children, you can get about four “wands” per paper towel roll.

Next, we put glue all over the star and let our toddler glue on gems. You could also just put dots of glue all over the star as well. Glue sticks would likely not work well for this craft. If you are using stickers, you can skip the glue all together.

After our toddler was done, we used a paper towel to wipe away the excess glue then let it dry.

Once the star is dry, we helped our toddler glue it onto the piece we cut from the paper towel roll. We hung our toddler’s magic wand up on the fridge, but it would also make an excellent pretend play toy for children that are old enough not to eat parts of it!

Stormy Day Paper Art

We had so much rain this weekend! It was pretty gloomy out, so we decided to come up with a little paper craft to match.

Materials Needed

  • Black, Blue, and White Construction Paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors

We started by cutting out a cloud like shape from the white paper and rain drops from the blue paper. If your little one is preschool or early elementary school age, you can draw the shapes and let them do the cutting!

Next, we helped our toddler use the glue stick and then let her glue on the cloud and the rain drops. We offered her total freedom to decide where she would place what. We always try to let her creativity shine when we are doing crafts. You could use a glue bottle for this craft as well if you do not want to use a glue stick.

This project took about 15 minutes and is great fine motor skill practice!

Where We Ate at Walt Disney World

We love everything about Walt Disney World. We love the rides, we love the shows, and we really love the food! This evening, we want to share with you everywhere we ate on our March trip to Disney. We unfortunately were so busy enjoying ourselves, that we did not get pictures of our meals. We do however have great memories and some opinions about each restaurant to share!

Magic Kingdom

Crystal Palace- We had breakfast at The Crystal Palace. It was wonderful. We previously wrote a detailed review that you can check out to learn more about our experience.

Pinocchio Village Haus- Pinoccio Village Haus is one of our go to’s for lunch in the Magic Kingdom. It is located next to it’s a small world. They have wonderful gluten free options. It does get very busy and noisy, so if you are traveling with someone who has sensory sensitivities, you may want to sit outside.

Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe- We had never tried Pecos Bill’s before, but we ended up eating there twice on our most recent trip. The portions are giant. Our favorite part was the topping bar that allowed us to add different toppings ourselves to our meal. Our toddler loves sour cream, so being able to have as much as we wanted of it was a wonderful perk.

The Plaza Restaurant- We wanted to try some new things this past trip, so we made a reservation at the Plaza Restaurant for dinner. Reservations did not appear to be required, but the walk up wait was about a half hour when we were there. The service was good and the chef who we spoke to was very accommodating when I realized there wasn’t much on the menu that was both allergy safe and fit my other dietary needs. Mr. Not So Crafty got a burger and it looked amazing as well.

Epcot

Image by Chris Flynn from Pixabay

Electric Umbrella- We have loved eating at the Electric Umbrella on past trips, but it was a disappointment this time. We had done mobile ordering to make the process quicker because our toddler was hungry and in the middle of a meltdown caused by sensory overload. When we got there, it was fairly empty and quiet, which did help our little one calm down. After about 20 minutes, Mr. Not So Crafty went to check on our mobile order. They simply had not made it. We would have been more understanding if they were busy or at least a tiny bit apologetic, but neither one of those things applied. The food was average, but not worth what ended up being about a 30 minute wait for quick service food.

Sunshine Seasons- We visited Sunshine Seasons for lunch on a day that a family member was joining us in Epcot. It’s huge variety of healthy options was perfect for each of our unique dietary needs. It was super easy to find a cast member to take my allergy friendly order. The food was very good and it was a nice place for a quick lunch.

Rose and Crown Dining Room- We had an early dinner at the Rose and Crown Dining room. We did not have a reservation, but they are available to make. We only waited about five minutes for an inside seat on a Saturday. They have a dedicated fryer that offers french fries that are safe from allergens. The food did take an above average amount of time to get to our table, but it was really good once we got it! The bar area was very busy. I had to take my toddler to the bathroom for a diaper change while we waited for our food and after struggling to try to get through the bar and to the bathroom inside the restaurant, I gave up and went across the street to a restroom there. I would highly recommend doing this instead of trying to fight your way through the bar crowd with your small children!

Animal Kingdom

Restaurantosaurus- Restaurantosaurus holds the title of our toddler’s favorite Disney restaurant. The atmosphere is very child friendly and the kid’s meals come with a little bucket and shovel. The food and service was good. This will be a new go to quick service for our family.

Hollywood Studios

Backlot Express- We usually only do a sit down meal in Hollywood Studios, but this trip, we decided to try a quick service meal instead. We really enjoyed the food from Backlot Express. They had an amazing selection of sauces that were not available at every quick service restaurant. Our only complaint was about the layout of the restaurant. It was very cramped and not very handicap friendly. We would still eat there again, even if it was hard to navigate.

Disney Springs

Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’- Homecomin’ is a restaurant that was new to us. My dad had wonderful things to say about it, so we made a reservation and decided to give it a try.  The restaurant offers southern comfort food. This is Mr. Not So Crafty’s pick for best meal of the trip. He got a giant burger and thought it was delicious. My choices were limited because they were not as good about accommodating allergies as Disney owned restaurants, but I ended up getting the Kitchen plate (a collection of side dishes). I left full and it was very good. You do not absolutely have to have a reservation to eat at Homecomin’ but it does get really busy.

The Rainforest Cafe- On the second to last day of our trip, Mr. Not So Crafty had decided we needed one more sit down dinner. He looked on the Disney App and found a dinner reservation open for Rainforest Cafe on our last night. We found the check in process a little hectic. Once we got sat down, our server was nice and they had tons of allergy friendly options. The food did take a long time to get to us, but it was very good. The portions were very filling. We were worried that the regularly timed “rainstorms” would bother our toddler, but she enjoyed everyone one of them.

Pop Century

Everything Pop Food Court- The Everything Pop food court was the first and last place we ate while on our Disney trip. Like most resort dining, it is right off of the lobby, so it was super convenient. They have a huge selection of different foods. They work really well with allergies, but the allergy safe food does take a long time to get. It is worth the wait to stay safe though! They do put onions in some things that one might not expect onions in, so if you have an onion sensitivity like Mr. Not So Crafty, you may want to ask in advance if your food choice will contain them.

We were overall very happy with our food and dining experience during our stay! Disney offers a level of customer service that you can not find many other places. If you have been to Disney, what is your favorite place to eat? If you have not, are there any on our list that sound good to you?