Autism Awareness Blog Hop

This year I’m participating in the autism blog hop event. You can find the blogs here! I felt like this was an amazing cause and one I try to support regularly. AND I have a giveaway at the end of this post – so keep reading right on through….

This year’s theme is childhood toys. I remember toys from my childhood. Legos, stuffed animals, and a rubber alligator that I really loved. Don’t judge, I live in Florida… I also remember toys my daughter had growing up. She loved this one little fairy thing that you put on a stand and it spun up in the air. It was pretty cool and glittery! But toys are sometimes more than fond memories to autistic children. They can be vital.

A good friend of mine has a son who is autistic, and we spoke recently about his experiences. Most of her sons issues were sensory, so they had a lot of toys that vibrated or played music. She said, “He loved toys that he could rock and flip his arms/hands to. If it was a vibration toy he would hold it against his face or chest to feel the motion.” He also loved toys with various textures, and he loved those holiday novelties – you know the ones…Dancing Santa or that gorilla with the big heart that danced and played music. Some children with autism prefer quiet, but her son loves noise as long as he can control it, because his preference depends on his mood.

He’s an amazing kid. He’s super smart and has a giant-sized heart. A lot of how well he’s doing is a direct result of his mom and how she’s paid attention to his needs – every detail – including his toys.

I’m so pleased to be doing this blog this year for my friend, her son, and so many others.

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What’s new from Lynn Michaels?

WAR IS COMING… the angels of Osestra and the demons of Exilum are preparing for the final battle to be played out in Manna, the human realm, and one young man is caught in the middle. Vern Swain may be the key to everything…

Vern is a country boy dreaming of seeing his name up in lights. He runs away to become a star. His journey is just beginning, but it takes him in unusual directions…right in the path of his guardian demon.

Teague, son of Xaphan is a demon of Exilum charged with ruining Vern’s life, but he just can’t do it. He’s confronted by his family, and forced to choose sides.

War is coming, but who’s fighting for Manna?


You can also find the classics…

Get ready for a dirty ride…Davey McAllister knows how to take the Holeshot and he’s after the hotshot mechanic, Tyler Whitmore…

Now on KU…

Bryce is a new superstar in the Supercross 250s series & he has his eye on Tate Jordan, the outgoing 450 rider, but
will the big Apex bodyguard, Pilot, get in the way? Or can they all race together?

Christmas isn’t all race tracks and dirt bikes for Davey and Tyler…

Available on KU.

And now for the giveaway… This one’s a double-dose… Helping out Autism Awareness through the blog and through Charlie’s Project.

“Created by Charlies mom Anna, to bring awareness to autism & down syndrome on behalf of 6 year old Charlie with dual diagnosis. Our mission is to shop with a cause and make a difference.”

20% of profits go to charities & organizations like Autism Awareness.

These leggings are the super soft ones and truth here… I LIVE in them…

I’m not connected to Charlie’s project in any way, except that I purchase my leggings here and I DO have a closet-full. I like buying from places that give back & sharing that. Which is why I’m giving away a pair of Autism Awareness leggings from Charlie’s Project along with winner’s choice of any Lynn Michaels eBook.

Check out the Rafflecopter to enter….

There are 4 ways to enter…



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16 responses to “Autism Awareness Blog Hop

  1. Joy Tetterton Avery

    My favorite toy were Barbie dolls.

  2. H.B.

    Thank you for the post and giveaway chance! I didn’t have any toys of my own and spent a lot of time at the library.

  3. Thanks for the post and giveaway. I’ve really been enjoying visiting all of the blogs participating this year.

  4. Trix

    This is such a great event every year! I liked the Sesame Street episode last week where Julia (the new autistic Muppet) needed a haircut, they really explained the whole calmative process very well!

  5. susana

    Thank you for the post. Teddy bears where my favourite toys as a kid. I still have my favourite one…

  6. Olga Sy

    Thank you for the post and giveaway! My favorite toy was a baby doll with bedding set that I took everywhere with me. My son is severely autistic and non verbal, and has many sensory issues. So it’s hard to find toys that he will engage with. Right now he seems to be focused on toys with round shape. Basketball, peanut ball, abacus.

  7. Sarah Hatcher

    I absolutely love the Awareness print ❤

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