Latest News: Happy Birthday to ME Plus A Happy Gift for YOU

Happy Happy Happy Birthday to ME (February 26th)! I’m only a week late with my birthday post y’all! Teaching this class at High Desert Montessori has kept my hands full to overflowing.

I’m starting off my 44th year spreading love, happiness and kindness … with an intention to do this every day either in a small itty bitty way or a big ole huge way … ALWAYS for myself first so that I can overflow with the ooey gooey stuff to share with others!

My new motto is Spread Love Everywhere You Go!

I invite you to join me in spreading love, happiness and kindness. Who wants to choose to see the good that surrounds us? Who wants to choose to see the good in others? Who wants to choose to see the abundance that surrounds us? Let’s do it!

My son, Thomas, set up a LEGO birthday party for me too. So much fun! Sweet boy!

And, then I treated myself to this …. a Salted Caramel Mousse Cake with yummy fresh raspberries! Why not celebrate life EVERY DAY?!

Next up was dinner with the two favoritest people in my life …. my two kids, Thomas and Lillian! Thanks to my wonderful Oaklawn Junior HIgh friend, Lois, for the gift card. Crispy potatoes, Cheese Plate (cow, sheep, goat) …. SO YUMMY, Warm Golden Beet salad (I will be back for this … made my tummy HappyY), Margherita pizza, and Caramel Budino (Oh My Heavens!! …That was delicious)!!!! Check out how the bill is delivered! Comes tucked inside an awesome quote book. Love the quote that was marked with my bill.

After our early dinner, we had time for a brief walk along the river. Such a special time!

Next up was the HDMS Science Fair …

Lastly, here’s another treat I gave myself on my birthday and my gift to you also. I listened to this wonderful song titled “Happy” by the local Reno band, CRVSH. I was fortunate enough to hear and see these amazing guys live a couple of weeks ago!

This song gives me goose bumps all the way to my soul! I hope all y’all take four minutes out of your day and give this one a listen. Turn it way up and DANCE! Then spread the happiness and share it with somebody else!

Go here …http://crvshmusic.com/music/ .. It’s #15 on the playlist. So much love to all y’all … xoxo (I also love #1, #2, #3, #4)

P.S. – Stay tuned for a beautiful interview right here on my blog with CRVSH! Can’t wait to share it with y’all!

Heartfuly Inspired™,

Camilla
Spread Love Everywhere You Go!

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Latest News: Update On Team TLC Christmas Miracle

It’s been just over a month since posting and sharing “Help Team TLC With a Christmas Miracle”. It has been overwhelming to keep up with friends wanting to know how things are going so I thought I’d share an update.

In just two weeks $8,400 was raised! Your sharing and donations came from and traveled the world. Indiana, Tennessee, Louisiana, Kentucky, Texas, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Illinois, Hawaii, California, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maine, Maryland, Utah, Michigan, Ohio, Oregon, Colorado, Kansas, Mississippi, Rhode Island, Missouri, Wisconsin, Arizona, Georgia, Virginia, Wyoming, Canada, United Kingdom, Sweden, Finland, Malaysia, Australia, and New Zealand.

I thank you from the depths of my soul and cannot wait until I have the opportunity to pay your acts of kindness forward! Thank you to my Jr High School friends, my Mississippi friends, my Chromosome 18 family, my Mississippi family, Nevada friends, facebook friends and people I don’t even know … Oceans of love and hugs to all y’all!!

This house was supposed to be sold on December 26th and we found out a few days later that it got postponed for two weeks. The sale did happen on January 7th. That gave me more time to get the house packed and to search for a new place for us. The plan is to move the second weekend in February.

I have no idea why the sale of this house got postponed for two weeks but it has allowed for perfect timing with another factor. We have been gifted a few raffle tickets for a “Dream Home” that’s being raffled by Builder’s Association of Northern Nevada on February 6th.

Starting on January 6th I began teaching a class at High Desert Montessori Charter School. It’s a creative expressions class which is an elective for 7th and 8th graders. I’ll be teaching it through March 14th and I’m there every day from 12:30-2:30. The class I’m teaching is titled “Success for Teens” combined with learning how to blog. The students are blogging about the class and I’ve created a blog for the class titled “Their View”. I was supposed to teach it last quarter, from October – December 2013. It got postponed to this quarter. I appreciate this amazing opportunity more than words could express.

I continue to have faith and continue to be in awe of the timing of these two events and so many other interesting synchronistic occurrences. Whether we make our new home in the raffle “Dream Home” or another home, the outcome will be perfect. I will see and believe that either outcome is in answer to my prayers. I will be grateful and appreciative and will make whatever address is to be ours in February, our “Dream Home”.

The plan is to continue packing only what we feel we need and releasing attachment to things we don’t need. I’ve created an absolutely get rid of “pile” and, depending on where we move, we’ll take less furniture or almost all furniture. On February 7, 2014 we will know which direction we’re headed!

The past month has been an emotional roller coaster. I shared with a friend the other day that I hear silence where there was not silence previously. I absolutely knew that would happen and am making my way to being okay with that. She said, “That’s alright. Go where the noise is.” That’s my own advice being shared with me, when I can’t see it fully! Right on!!

I continue to be open to and research income generating opportunities in line with my own happiness and desire and commitment to devoting most of my time to being a full time Mom to Thomas and Lillian. I had a meeting last week with an organization and have one this week with a local business.

When I was nudged by my inner voice to openly ask for help and share my situation, I almost didn’t move forward. I had fears and thoughts of unworthiness. Yet, at the same time, my inner voice urged me onward as my asking for help was going to benefit others as well.

Sharing my situation and asking for help was and did help others by letting them know that it’s okay to ask for help and by letting others see the goodness and kindness in our world. I have received many messages from others sharing with me how this has helped them, inspired them, and re-ignited their faith.

I continue to have faith and be aware of the direction my inner voice nudges me to take. Thank you to everyone for your support, love, prayers, and positive thoughts.

Latest News: Success for Teens and Blogging

I’m thrilled that I am getting the opportunity to teach 7th and 8th graders how to blog at High Desert Montessori Charter School! From January 6, 2014 through March 14, 2014, I’m facilitating a program based on the “Success for Teens” book. Students are blogging about the class and at the same time learning what a blog is and why one would want to have a blog. This is an elective class as part of the school’s creative expressions elective choices.

Class Description:

Start pursuing your dreams now! We will learn the true definition of success. It’s not about smarts, looks, or luck. As we read and discuss “Success for Teens” students will think about their own goals, learn how to and begin taking little steps to achieve goals. In addition, we will have guest speakers who are business owners/entrepreneurs and students will create a goals/vision board.

I’ve created a blog titled, Their View, that is a portal for the students of the class to access resources discussed in class and for ME to share class happenings and to share some of the students’ thoughts.

Latest News: Team TLC Amazon Gift Guide

I have been wanting to put together a gift guide for ages! Finally taking the time to do it.

These are items that we use unless indicated otherwise. This is by no means a comprehensive gift guide. I partly wanted to preserve in the digital world much of what Team TLC’s life is like during this time and perhaps give you an idea or two for your own family for any upcoming special occasion!

First, I am an advocate of shopping local whenever possible. I support going to the local used book store in your neighborhood and all locally owned shops where these or similar items can be purchased.

I am also an advocate of making home made gifts whenever suitable. We make tons of home made gifts in our house and give one another store bought gifts minimally.

I’ll be putting together two additional Gift Guides as well. One that lists unique and different gifts and the other will list natural, simple and/or home made gifts.

Reading and Books:

I don’t own a Kindle, but they seem like the perfect gift for the book lover:

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″, HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB – Includes Special Offers

Kindle Accessories

Some of Thomas and Lillian’s favorite books:

The Boxcar Children Bookshelf (The Boxcar Children Mysteries, Books 1-12)

Bobbsey Twins Complete Series Set, 1-12

Junie B.’s Books in a Bus! (Books 1-27!)

Magic Tree House Boxed Set, Books 1-28

Fairy Realm #1: The Charm Bracelet

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The Magical Car

Encyclopedia Brown Box Set (4 Books)

The Blessing Cup (Paula Wiseman Books)

I have a widget already put together with my reading material .. TOO many to list individually! Camilla’s Favorite Books.

Electronics:

We are a TV-less house. We haven’t had a television in the house for about a year and a half and haven’t paid for television programing since about 2008.

However, we DO have movie night just about every Saturday night. I have a projector that I purchased back when I was facilitating trainings.

The link for the one I use is listed below. I connect it to my MacBook Pro and project it onto the wall in my bedroom. Fun stuff!

Epson EX5220 Wireless XGA 3LCD Projector, 3000 color lumens, 3000 while lumens (V11H551020)

I don’t have a bluetooth wireless speaker but have had the opportunity to be around one and they are amazing!! Much better than trying to hear the movie from the built in laptop speakers. This is on our bucket list:

Bluetooth Wireless Speaker (for GREAT sound while watching your movies)

This is the laptop I want to get for Thomas and Lillian. I like everything I’ve read about it:

Samsung Chromebook (Wi-Fi, 11.6-Inch)

This is fabulous for anyone who uses the iTouch or iPhone as a speech generating device! Serves a GREAT purpose:

iMainGo 2 3.5mm Aux Portable Speaker Case

I’m not a big user of much more electronics other than plugins and an adapter here and there. However, Amazon has their own Electronics Gift Guide with tons of popular items ..

Amazon’s Electronics Gift Guide

Movies:

Here at The Team TLC Casa we currently only watch G rated movies. I’ve let a few PG movies slip by and wasn’t pleased with the last one.

Family Movie Night:

Finding Nemo (Three-Disc Collector’s Edition: Blu-ray/DVD in Blu-ray Packaging)

Felicity – An American Girl Adventure

The Red Balloon (The Criterion Collection)

Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates

The Princess Diaries: Two-Movie Collection (Three-Disc Combo Blu-ray/DVD Combo in Blu-ray Packaging)

Babes in Toyland

The Apple Dumpling Gang (Special Edition)

The Fox and the Hound / The Fox and the Hound II (Two-Pack)

Disney 4-Movie Collection: Herbie (Love Bug / Herbie Goes Bananas / Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo / Herbie Rides Again)

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Full Screen Edition)

Follow Me, Boys!

The Incredible Mr. Limpet (Keepcase)

Kiki’s Delivery Service

Babar The Movie

Swiss Family Robinson (Vault Disney Collection)

Adult Movie Night:

It Happened One Night

Harvey

His Girl Friday

We’ve got way too many movie favorites so I’ve put together a widget to house them all! Much more efficient than listing them. Team TLC Favorite Movies.

Arts & Crafts:

Elmer’s 3D Washable Glitter Pens, Classic Rainbow and Glitter Colors, Pack of 10 Pens (E199)

Crayola 240 Sheet Construction Paper

Yuzen Chiyogami- set of 40 Origami sheets (#YW-112)

Canvas panels 8 x 10 inch (pack of 12)

Dimensions Needlecrafts Paintworks Paint By Number, Butterflies And Bamboo

RoseArt Washable Poster Paints, 12-Count, Assorted Colors, Packaging May Vary (354VA-6)

Crayola 64 Ct Short Colored Pencils Kids Choice Colors

Crayola 64 Ct Crayons

Home:

Lillian cannot drink from a regular cup. It just spills all down her front side. This is what we use. I use one per week and then throw it away:

Hefty Zoo Pals Cups Safari Collection Cups, Lids & Bendy Straws

I love using this:

Bodum Brazil 8-Cup French Press Coffee Maker, 34-Ounce, Black

This is not the exact one I use, but it’s similar. I use mine daily and this is the one I use to make my homemade fries:

Victorinox Swiss Army 8-Inch Fibrox Straight Edge Chef’s Knife

This is not the exact paring knife I use. Mine is very old with a wooden handle. I use this daily too:

Mercer Cutlery Genesis 3.5″ Forged Paring Knife, Steel/Black

I use these almost daily. Multi-purpose! I use for ketchup, nuts, candy on movie night, and more:

NEW, Dozen 2½ Oz. (Ounce) All-Purpose Ramekin Individual Sauce Cups, Condiment Sauce Cups, Sauce Ramekins, Dipping Sauce Cups, Stainless Steel, Commercial/Restaurant Grade Quality

I use one like this to make the Rooibos tea that Thomas and I love so much:

Luigi Bormioli Michelangelo Masterpiece 84-ounce Pitcher

I love my little teapot for loose tea! Works great with tea bags too:

Heat Resistant Glass Teapot With Removable Infuser 24 oz

I stopped using the microwave about 6 months ago so I use this daily. I warm left overs in this or I use the stove top or oven. Just depends on what I’m warming:

Black & Decker TO1332SBD 4-Slice Toaster Oven

I use these for all sorts of things. I store popcorn, nuts, crackers, chocolate chips, and dried fruit in these jars. I also use them to drink my Rooibos tea! I prefer glass to plastic for storage and I LOVE that they are multi-purpose and not one use like canister sets:

Ball Wide Mouth Quart Jars with Lids and Bands, Set of 12

I have had this for over 10 years. I use it for not only pizza, but when I make fries or nachos. When I make fries or nachos I layer the pan with aluminum foil and coat with either olive oil spray or coconut oil spray:

AirBake Ultra by T-fal T492ABA2 Insulated 15.75-Inch Perforated Pizza Pan Dishwasher Safe Bakeware, Silver

Lillian and I love these towels since we both have long hair. Perfect:

Turbie Twist Cotton (3 Pack): Aqua, Purple, Navy Blue

Games:

I grew up playing this with my cousins, aunts and uncles! I just love playing it with Thomas and Lillian:

UNO 40th Anniversery Edition Card Game

This one too:

Sorry Classic Edition Board Game

This too! My cousins and I played tons of Go Fish and Crazy Eight:

Economy Playing Cards, 12-Decks

This too:

Games: Marbles: Classic Marbles

This too … except Lillian won’t play it due to her inability to copy with the unexpected!! (The buzzing when accidentally touching the sides!):

Operation Game

This is a fun and fabulous game that I’ve had since Lillian was a toddler. They both love it! We hardly play it anymore as they’ve moved past this type of game:

Ravensburger Snail’s Pace Race – Children’s Game

I didn’t play this one growing up, but love playing it with Thomas and Lillian:

Candy Land – The Kingdom of Sweets Board Game

This too:

Chutes and Ladders

We don’t own this one, but I played it tons and tons with my cousins! Would love to have it for our family:

Pressman Toys Pre205312 Chinese Checkers

Spent hours and hours with this growing up:

Green Toys Jump Rope, Green

This too:

Classic Hula Hoop Set of 3

Thomas and Lillian LOVE playing with this:

Play-Doh 24-Pack of Colors

This too! They love the one with glitter in it:

Crayola 57-4415 Model Magic Modeling Compound, 2-lb. Bucket, Asstd Colors, Four 8-oz. Pouches

Thomas LOVES these! I personally don’t like the licensed themes or the play themes that would have him use his imagination for battle and destruction type of scenarios.

Thomas has this one:

LEGO City Police Forest Station 4440

And this one:

LEGO City Police Patrol Car 4436

And this one:

LEGO Space Moon Buggy 3365

He wants this one:

LEGO City Fire Station 60004

And this one:

LEGO City 60022 Cargo Terminal Toy Building Set

And this one:

LEGO City Fire Truck 60002

And this one:

LEGO Space Center 3368

And this one:

LEGO Space Shuttle 3367

You get the idea … :)

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Latest News: Team TLC Favorite Movies

Team TLC has movie night just about every Saturday night. We are a TV-less house but we DO have a family movie night once per week.

I use this projector which I acquired when facilitating trainings, Epson EX7220 Wireless WXGA 3LCD Projector, 3000 lumen color, 3000 lumen white (V11H550020), (amazon affiliate link) connected to my MacBook and project our movie onto my bedroom wall! Fun Stuff Y’all!

We mostly watch G rated movies. However, I have found some PG movies that are acceptable for my preferences. Whenever Thomas and Lillian are having a sleepover with The Romano Duo (my Mom and Step-Father), I have a Team Member C movie night. You’ll be able to tell which are mine! I prefer the oldies!

I get most of our movies from the library. We have just about seen all of the appropriate movies the Washoe County library has available. So, sometimes I rent/stream from Amazon. I search for the $1.99 or $2.99 movies.

Here’s a fun and frugal tip! With Amazon Prime Membership you not only get free 2 day shipping, but you get access to unlimited streaming of 40,000 movies and tv episodes and you get to borrow books from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. My book is available there!

You can sign up for a 30 day free trial Amazon Prime membership and receive these benefits! Just remember to mark your calendar to cancel the membership BEFORE you get charged the yearly fee … unless you think it’s worth it to keep it.

Here ya go!

Invaluable: Blog Mentoring Testimonial

“Feeling inspired to write on a particular topic, I kept putting off taking any action toward the goal. It occurred to me that if I started the process by beginning to write on a blog it would get me writing and provided a platform to be of service to others in the process.

Always captivated by Camilla’s enthusiasm and expertise at whatever she undertakes, I knew I could trust her to set up the blog without me having to figure out how to do it (which, to be honest, I know I would have never done!).

Camilla met with me and covered all of the details, giving me the opportunity to simply start writing. She has been readily available if I have any question, large or small, since I started posting.

Camilla’s assistance has been invaluable to me in taking real steps to launching this leg of my creative expression. I am grateful!” -Terry Lowey, M.S., M.F.T. Austin, Texas — Author of Secret of the Wizard’s Wand and Blogging about being Single at Terry Lowey –November 2013

**Note from Camilla: Terry and I met in 2007 in Reno. We established an immediate connection. She just recently moved to Austin and we continue to stay connected. I highly recommend visiting her blog. She is writing authentic and useful material that I am so in sync with … and you may find something that is exactly what you needed!

Terry wanted simple and basic just so she could begin writing. She knew if it was too complicated, she would not do it!

To learn more about Blog Mentoring, go here.

He Swam Into the World on November 13, 2005

… And continues to give the gift of himself every minute of every day …

Some people say, “I can’t believe (s)he is already 8 years old.” I think to myself, “I cannot believe he is only 8 years old!”

Having not been able to give birth to Lillian at The Birthing Center, I was so excited to be able to deliver Thomas there and for it to be a water birth also.

Honestly, I had a rougher pregnancy with Thomas than Lillian. He was absolutely healthy, but I felt horrible. I was so nauseas and tired the entire time.

In the late afternoon on November 13th, I began having contractions. Naturally, I decided that this was the very time I had to get caught up with the Wall Street Journal print editions I had gotten behind with reading! There I was pacing around the house reading WSJ and stopping to have contractions in between!

We met the midwife at the birthing center about 9:00 pm. Things were moving along pretty quickly as I was doing my best to stay relaxed so that things could progress. After she checked us both and filled the huge bathtub with water, I got right in. I was having tremendous labor pain in my back but kept visualizing this young man making his exit and relieving me of my pain!

I didn’t have to wait too long as he moved his way right along and joined us pretty quickly! After waiting for my temperature to get back to normal, the three of us made the 10 minute drive home. It was about midnight when we arrived and Lillian was sleeping so she got to meet Thomas the next morning!

Today, November 13, 2013, on HIS special day he came and got me, told me to close my eyes and led me to his room. He said he had a gift for me. When I got to his room I removed my hand from my eyes and he had beautifully made his bed! Take my breath away … HE had a gift for ME on HIS special day! This was more of a gift than a nicely made bed.

I feel that ALL children are a gift and that some of us fail to see the gift they bring to us. Not on purpose. We just seem to forget all that we knew about life when we were young. As some of us get older, we lose the pure love, compassion and generosity that were our nature during childhood.

In the beginning of motherhood I did not get this or choose to see and receive the gift. Being in my 12th year now with this parenting journey, coupled with my own awakening and learning journey, I see it so vividly.

Almost daily I have moments where a gesture or words spoken by Thomas bring forth the feeling that time does not exist, we are engulfed in a wave of silence and I have just been given a lesson that I needed right at that very moment.

By the words of wisdom and gestures I share with him, I am teaching these things to myself. For this young man doesn’t just act like he’s listening, he comprehends my words and actions and shares it with me at a different moment in time.

Yesterday he asked so gently if he could have an ice cream as a birthday treat while we waited for Lillian to finish her therapies. I reminded him we had ice cream at home and that he could have some. He said, “Okay, that sounds good.”

Lillian’s therapy center is only seconds from the fast food place that has soft serve ice cream. After I parked, I filled my mind with thoughts of abundance and generosity and changed my mind. After all, it was only a $1 cone.

Thomas had gotten out to play so I asked if he still wanted that ice cream cone. As I turned into the parking lot a homeless person was sitting on the curb.

In addition to ordering the ice cream for Thomas, I ordered a chicken burger. At least, I think it was me. I felt an overwhelming urge to order that burger and give it to the person we had just passed. I had Thomas hand it to him as we pulled next to him. I have NEVER done this before.

The man thanked us many times. As we drove off, I told Thomas that it doesn’t matter the reason that man is sitting there or even if he is really homeless. I felt moved to share kindness and I did.

I explained that we never want to NOT share kindness due to judgment of another or for fear that our kindness will not be well received. Once we perform an act of kindness it’s really no longer our business. I’m sure Thomas will remind me of this beautiful moment just when I need it most.

“The sage is kind to the kind and kind to the unkind.” -Lao Tzu

My heart is so full of love for Thomas. It adds to my own love of self and truly causes my heart to skip a beat at times. No matter what paths he chooses for his journey or where it leads him, I will always love him.

This amazing child with his wise old soul has brought much into my life. I am blessed daily by his presence, his love, his wisdom and his humor. I LOVE that I get to be his mentor and his mother and that HE gets to be my mentor and son! We knew what we were doing when we chose one another for this journey.

You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one …. And … It’s really none of my business what you think of me … xoxo

 

Latest News: Blog Mentoring

More exciting news to add to the news I announced on October 31, 2013. Multifariously leaning into writing and blogging … sometimes with wild, reckless abandon! HA!

I have been blogging since 2007 and have been formally and informally setting up blogs and mentoring others on the use of blogs during that time as well. Take a look at my and Lillian’s very first blog – Pink Elephant Books!

I am making myself available to mentor others on blogging for either personal use or business use. I am available on a limited basis depending on freelance writing and blogging projects.

Two options are offered:

  1. Flat $99 which includes: Set up of a very basic WordPress blog and one hour of one to one mentoring on how to use the blog. One month of access to Camilla via email for follow up questions. Includes an “About” and “Home” page if desired using content supplied by you. No design is included in this fee. This is simply a very basic WordPress website.
  2. Flat $149 which includes: All of the above plus detailed “How to” instructions for finding relevant content for your blog and optimizing your blog with the use of tags.

I am also available for Freelance Blogging and Writing opportunities as well. Go here to inquire further.

Beautifully Written: D iz for Different Amazon Review

★★★★ Amazing book! Insightful, humorous, kind, open-hearted, and worth reading more than once! As a parent of a special needs child, this book gave me some alternative methods in detailing with my child on a daily basis, as well as encouraged me to add more laughter into my life. I know we all need that:-) I would highly recommend this book! -Maria Kendzierski, January 26, 2013

If you would like to write an Amazon review of D iz for Different go here (amazon affiliate link). It’s not necessary to have purchased the book through Amazon. If you have an Amazon account, you can write a review.

Latest News: Freelance Blogging and Writing

I have exciting news to announce! I’ve decided to completely and totally lean into writing and blogging … sometimes with wild, reckless abandon! HA!

I am making myself available for freelance opportunities as a blogger. Either for one time projects or on an ongoing basis. In addition to also making myself available for freelance writing opportunities for online magazines or publications.

My area of expertise is special needs parenting, and simple, natural, and inspired living. I am also able to expertly research additional topics utilizing my 10 years of paralegal experience and ongoing blogging and writing outreach.

Depending on the time commitment I will only be accepting one to a few projects at a time. If interested, contact me using this form about your blogging and writing needs.

PLUS!!!  I’m available on a limited basis for Blog Mentoring. Go here to learn more about it.