Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Help an Autism Mom Fight against Cancer

An amazing woman by the name of Melanie Hamilton Baldwin changed the face of autism and cancer culture by telling her story to thousands as "Booty Kicker" in the Thinking Moms' Revolution's book Autism Beyond the Spectrum. 
Well, today I am writing this blog because it is time to give back and pay it forward to her, who has already fought and beat breast cancer and bone cancer and now she is facing cancer for a third time. My heart is broken that this is happening again to such a sweet and caring soul.  Many in the autism communities are rallying together for a fundraiser for Melanie and her family, to help with treatment and with care for her autistic son  Luke, while she heals. Yes we need your help so  Please consider donating generously to help her family care for Luke as she regains her health, and please help their family establish financial security that will help them thrive during her absence.
And our message to Melanie:

“You are a great blessing and inspiration. We pray for your complete healing and for blessings on you and your family.”
From all the staff in Gm Autism Foundation.

Hoy un espectacular ser humano, y gran mujer llamada Melanie Hamilton Baldwin, y que cambio la cara del autismo y del cancer, contando su historia como "Booty Kicker" en el libro de "Thinking Moms Revolution Autism Beyond the Spectrum.
Bueno, hoy les escribimos por que es hora de que podamos retribuirle a  Melanie, quien ya combatio el cancer de seno y el cancer de hueso y esta ahora luchando de nuevo con un nuevo tipo de cancer. Mi corazon esta sinceramente lastimado que algo tan terrible le pase de nuevo a una persona como ella. Somos muchos en la comunidad autista que estamos reuniendonos para apoyarla y se esta haciendo en estos momentos un fundraiser para ella. Su hijo Luke, tiene autismo severo y realmente necesita de su mama para sus cuidados. Pero por lo delicado de la situacion, ella esta hospitalizada y necesita alguien que se encargue de Luke mientras ella se recupera y logra retomar las riendas de su vida una vez mas y su futuro financiero. Por eso les pedimos que por favor donen, cualquier cantidad nos ayuda enormemente en lograr la meta.
Mil gracias.
Y un mensaje para ti Melanie:
Eres una bendicion y una gran inspiración. Estamos pidiendole a Dios por tu completa y pronta recuperación. Bendiciones para ti y tu familia.
Todos en Gm Autism Foundation

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Gluten Free Casein Free Lemon Cake

 Photo by Studio DIY

Gluten Free Lemon Cake
4 Eggs
2 cups Coconut Sugar or other sweet alternative
1 cup Almond Milk
1 cup Coconut Oil
1 juice of a Lemon
1 tablespoon Lemon Zest
2 1/2 cups Gluten Free Flour Blend (see below)
1 tablespoon Gluten Free Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Xanthan Gum
1/4 teaspoon Himalayan Salt
Gluten Free Flour Blend:
1 cup Brown Rice Flour
1/4 cup Tapioca Starch/Flour
1/4 cup Potato Starch

Vanilla Frosting:
2 cups Confectioners' Sugar
2 tablespoons Coconut Oil or Grass-Fed Butter
2 tablespoons Almond or Coconut Milk
1/2 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract


Preheat oven to 350F.

With a stand mixer, beat eggs and sugar on high until light and fluffy. In a small bowl, mix coconut milk, oil, juice of a lemon, lemon zest and lemon extract; Set aside.
In a medium bowl, gluten free flour blend, baking powder, xanthan gum and salt. Turn your mixer on a low speed, slowly add both dry mixture and wet mixture to the egg and sugar until just combined.

Divide the batter evenly into your prepared (greased) cake pans. Bake cakes for 30 minutes, or until toothpick test comes out clean. Let cool before frosting.
Note: If you used cake pans larger than 6-8 inches, please bake for 40-45 minutes, or until toothpick test comes out clean.

Monday, January 13, 2014

We need highly motivated interns (JOB OFFER)

Gm Autism Foundation (GMAF)  needs highly motivated interns with a desire to excel. College students with a wide range of backgrounds and degrees can jump-start their careers in our event management program and graphic design. The internship offers serious, career-minded students great work experience and the opportunity to form valuable relationships.

Semesters and Application TimelinesInternship positions will be available in the spring, summer and fall semesters. Applications will be reviewed in a reasonable amount of time after they have been received and eligible applicants will be contacted thereafter.
Current OpeningCover letter and resumes being accepted now for summer internship, to begin mid-Feb.
Who Can Apply and What's ExpectedCredit earning college students who apply will be considered for internships. While sports management degrees are increasing in popularity, there is no course of study that is required for internships and all will be considered. This internship is great for any career-minded individual interested in event management.
InterviewsQualified applicants will be called for an initial telephone interview in addition to a formal interview with the GMAF staff.
The GMAF intern event project will assists in organizing events by detailing auction items and timelines during events and get hands-on experience by helping coordinate behind the scenes, maintains and compiles relevant databases and contact lists for better communication, assist in designing and implementing sponsorship proposals, compile public announcements and design marketing tools.

The GMAF intern graphic designer will assist in design flyers and all marketing material during events.

Office HoursApplicants are expected to be motivated and be willing to work a flexible schedule including nights and weekends during events.
Note: When you apply for this job online, you will be required to answer the following questions:
1. Why do you want to work in the non-profit field?
To apply and for more

Thursday, January 2, 2014

20 Uses of Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is an essential oil distilled from a plant called Melaleuca alternifolia found in Southeast Queensland and Northern New South Wales.  The oil is clear yet you may find some with a light gold hue.  The fresh scented oil known for medicinal effects should be stored in a dark colored glass bottle and should not be ingested orally.

Disclosure:  The article is not a replacement for medical advice.  Please consult a doctor with any concerns about treatment for any conditions you experience.
1.  Laundry Disinfectant
Tea Tree oil comes to the rescue when clothes get extra dirty or are left in the washing machine overnight.  Add 2 teaspoons of tea tree oil to your laundry during wash cycle to disinfect and freshen clothing and towels.

2.  Mold Remover
Mold thrives where moisture lives such as bathrooms.  Keep your home free of mold by using a simple spray made of tea tree oil.  To make the spray, add 2 teaspoons of tea tree oil to 2 cups of water in a spray bottle and shake.  Spray it over your bathroom tile or other areas mold may grow.  Do not rinse.  The spray may be used for grout but be aware the discoloration will remain.
3.  Pimple Zapper
Waking up to a pimple on your nose can pretty much set the tone for the rest of your day.  The first thing you want to do is zap it and zap it fast.  A natural way to treat pimples is dabbing a drop of tea tree oil directly on the pimple with a cotton ball.
4.  Combat Head Lice
Head lice sends shivers down the spine of any parent who hears of an infestation at the local school.  You might want to consider tossing the pesticides and chose a natural option that is effective and safe.  Combine 1 cup of apple cider vinegar with 2 teaspoons of tea tree oil and apply to shampooed hair.  Leave in for 15 minutes, rinse, and comb.  Adding 2 teaspoons to your regular shampoo can help prevent lice and remove hair product build up.
 5.  Pest Control
If you experience uninvited guests like ants or other pests give them their eviction notice with a spray of tea tree oil.  Place a few drops of tea tree oil at entry points and spray areas that are hard to reach.  Remove food from cupboards and spray and wipe down with tea tree oil then place food back.
6.  For Baby
Harsh chemicals around a delicate baby do not mix.  For a safe and natural disinfectant add 2 teaspoons of tea tree oil to 2 cups of water.  Place the mixture in a spray bottle and wipe down high chairs, table tops, floors, diaper pails, and any where a baby may contact germs.
Use tea tree oil to combat nasal congestion!
7.  Nasal Congestion
Whether you have a cold or a sinus infection, not being able to breath is frustrating.  Combat it by adding a few drops of tea tree oil to a pan of boiling water and then inhale the steam!
Use Tea Tree Oil as a multi-purpose cleaner!
8.  Multi-Purpose Cleaner
For those interested in eliminating chemicals but wondering if a natural solution is strong enough there is a solution.  Add 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil to 1 gallon of water to make a natural cleaning solution.  Use the solution to wipe down floors, countertops, kitchen and bathroom surfaces.
Use Tea Tree Oil to remove scuff marks from the floor!
9.  Remove Scuff Marks
Add a drop or two of tea tree oil to a damp cloth and rub into vinyl or linoleum floors to remove scuff marks.
Use tea tree oil to prevent mildew buildup!
10.  Prevent Mildew
Make a solution of tea tree oil and water to wipe down shower walls to prevent the growth of mildew.  Use the solution in a spray bottle for shower doors or shower curtains to prevent mildew growth.  To make the solution use 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil per 1 gallon of water.
Use tea tree oil as an effective insect repellent
11.  Insect Repellent for People
Use an oil and water spray, 2 teaspoons tea tree oil and 2 cups water, to repel insects.  It is generally regarded as safe to spray on clothing and skin.
Use tea tree oil to keep insects off plants!
12.  Insect Repellent for Plants
Use the same solution for people as for plants.  However, do not spray directly on plants but around the plants to prevent burning.
Use tea tree oil to prevent fleas on pets!
13.  Kill and Prevent Fleas on Pets
Adding a few drops of tea tree oil to pet shampoo can kill or prevent further flea outbreaks.  Make a solution using 1/3 cup Dawn (must be the blue kind) and 1 1/2 teaspoon tea tree oil and 2 teaspoons of vinegar.  Wash your pet with the solution and rinse.  You can use a spray solution of oil and water to prevent fleas as well.
Use tea tree oil to treat and prevent athlete's foot!
14.  Athlete’s Foot
Apply a few drops of tea tree oil to soles of feet and in between toes and allow to air dry.  Do this daily until fungus is gone.  Use a spray solution of tea tree oil and water on the shower floor to prevent fungus from spreading.  Use the same solution in shoes to keep fungus or bacteria from growing in shoes.
Use tea tree oil to help take the sting out of bee stings!
15.  Take the Sting out of Bee Stings
Mix 2 drops of tea tree oil with 1 drop of lavender oil and apply to sting.   Tea tree oil is a strong anti-inflammatory agent while lavender is calming.  It makes the perfect duo to taking the sting out.
Use tea tree oil to help clean minor cuts and scrapes!
16. Cuts and Scrapes
The antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties of tea tree oil make it a commonly used treatment for cuts, scrapes, and minor skin irritations.  Do not apply tea tree oil directly but dilute it with 1 part oil and ten parts water.
17.  Wart Removal
Several people have reported that adding undiluted tea tree oil to a wart (being very careful not to touch skin) will get rid of it.  If irritation occurs, or you would prefer, make a 50/50 solution of tea tree oil and aloe vera or water and apply to wart.  Soak gauze in the 50/50 solution and cover wart for an overnight application.
Use tea tree oil to get rid of nail fungus!
18.  Nail Fungus
Since tea tree oil has anti-fungal properties it is highly effective against nasty nail fungus.  Use a few drops of tea tree oil on a cotton ball and apply to the affected nail.  You can apply up to three times a day.  You may want to wrap your nail in plastic after application to ensure absorption.
Use tea tree oil to get rid of dandruff!
19.  To Fight Dandruff
Adding 5 drops of tea tree oil to every 1 ounce of shampoo provides the proper concentration to be useful against dandruff.  Another solution is adding 5 drops of tea tree oil to 1 ounce of olive oil and rub on the scalp.
Use tea tree oil to help fight gum disease
20.  Fight Gum Disease
Red swollen gums are a sign of gingivitis or gum disease.  Using a drop of tea tree oil on your toothbrush, using any toothpaste, can possibly help relieve and cure gum disease.  Be very careful not to swallow the oil and do not eat or drink for 15 minutes after brushing.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Bentonite Clay and detoxing your hair

Did you Know you could detox your hair? Yes! This is a recipe that a friend told me a while ago and I think I need it to share.

1 Part Bentonite clay
1 Par water
1 Part Apple Cider Vinegar
Mix together well and use

Sabias que puedes desintoxicar tu cabello? si! Esta es una receta que me recomendaron hace un tiempo y decidi compartirla.
Que necesitas

1 parte de Bentonite Clay
1 parte de Agua 
1 Parte de Vinagre de Cidra de Manzana
Mezclar muy bien y usar inmediatamente.


Sunday, November 24, 2013

Inicio oficial de nuestra campaña : STOP WANDERING

Estimados amigos y colaboradores de GM AUTISM FOUNDATION 501 (c) 3., estamos FELICES!

Como les habíamos mencionado hace unos días, hemos inaugurado de manera extraoficial nuestra campaña dirigida especialmente a evitar que nuestros niños autistas se extravíen, para la cual comenzaremos a distribuir de manera gratuita a los padres de estos niños GPS especiales los cuales localizarán a los niños en todo momento. 
En caso de que el niño (a) se alejara de una zona segura el GPS ayudará a localizarlo de inmediato. 

Esto brindará la paz y la seguridad de saber que sus hijos se encuentran a salvo, lo cual es imprescindible para todos los niños y especialmente para aquellos que han perdido su voz y les es más difícil defenderse por si solos. 

Nuestra meta es, además de ayudar a recuperar a un niño extraviado, poder brindar todo el apoyo posible en otros aspectos de la vida del niño autista y sus familias.

Por supuesto esto no sería posible sin su valiosa colaboración. Los costos son altos, por tanto, dependemos totalmente de su generosidad.


El día de ayer recibimos una gran sorpresa de parte del cantante venezolano Guillermo Dávila, ídolo de una generación. En medio de su concierto y ante más de 900 personas... Hizo una pausa, se acercó a nuestro recipiente de "pennies" y depositó la primera moneda para ayudar a nuestra fundación...Wow! Sólo podemos decir Wow! El público se mostró no solo conmovido ante la acción de Guillermo Dávila sino también muy motivado a seguir su ejemplo y así todos aportaron su granito de arena. Gracias a todos!

Gracias a su generosidad podemos decir que, hemos comenzado con "PIÉ DERECHO" nuestra campaña. Lo que nos permitirá hacer entrega de nuestra primera ayuda en los próximos días.

El día de mañana estaremos realizando  a través de una emisora de radio la rifa nuestro primer GPS. Manténganse en contacto para más detalles.

Ahora les dejo con las fotos de tan emotivo momento. No nos queda más que decirle MIL GRACIAS!! 



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Friday, November 30, 2012

Write the letters to your congress

Lisa Wiederlight, author of the book One of the 88, has written a terrific form letter for those of us who watched yesterday's proceedings to send to our individual Congress members to underscore the importance on continuing the work begun 
yesterday on Capitol Hill. Please consider sending this to your Congress member in addition to sending your story to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to add to the Congressional Record.

(Find your Representative and Senators here:

November 30, 2012

Dear Congressman/Congresswoman ___________

As a parent/grandparent/relative/friend of a child with autism, I was so pleased to learn about the hearing held on November 29th by the House Oversight and Government Reform Full Committee, 1 in 88 Children: A Look into the Federal Response to the Rising Rates of Autism. At the hearing, it became evident that more hearings are needed to discuss the Federal government’s response to the complex autism epidemic.

Though autism was recognized in yesterday’s hearing as a “public health crisis,” it is much more than that. Our elected officials not only need to understand how to improve the Federal government’s public health response to the epidemic, but also how to improve its response as it relates to the education, housing, employment, public safety, criminal justice, and financial issues facing persons with autism and their families. There are many more things we can and should do to help our children and their families.

Today I speak for many who cannot speak for themselves. A great number of children with autism have significant behavioral, communication, and social impairments that preclude them from participating in mainstream school and social activities. Many of these children also have comorbid medical issues that affect their ability to concentrate, focus, and perform activities of daily living.

Parents of children with autism are often overwhelmed with the financial implications of having more expenses for treatments, and less time to work. They are provided little guidance, and there is a lack of “best practices” on how to help children with autism become functioning members of society. Dreams of college, grandchildren, and retirement are pushed aside to focus on a variety of daily concerns, which may include toileting, communication, and social skills. And while there are certainly gifted, high-functioning adults with autism, there are also many adults with autism who are not as high functioning, who live with their aging parents, and who are unemployed, though they have much to give our society.

How can Congress address these issues more effectively, so that we can achieve a quantifiable difference in the lives of so many? Clearly, we need more hearings on each of the issues facing persons with autism and their families. Yesterday’s hearing was an important first step in working to ensure the human rights that our children deserve. I am looking forward to seeing more attention on the implications of the autism epidemic by the Congress in the coming year.

Thank you very much for your time and consideration.