If you know a mom of a child with autism, or an autism mom as we are frequently called, you’ll understand how badly they need to be pampered. Being a mom is hard. It’s worth every single second, but it’s difficult regardless. Being a mom means that every single second of every day, you worry about your babies. You want to hug them constantly, protect them, and provide them with everything they need and a lot of what they want.
That’s all good, but if you’re autism mom, you have a few extra challenges thrown in. We have to deal with the school staff and IEP meetings, our ‘helpful’ family members who want to tell you how to parent and nosy neighbors who let their kids be rude to yours. We stay up late at night when our kids won’t sleep or to get things done we can’t do during the day because we spend all day with our kids, supervising like any other parent and attending therapy appointments. Our friends forget to invite us to gatherings and daycare options dwindle. Holding a job is hard when the school insists you come to pick up your child for the third time this week and date night once-a-month becomes a dream because there’s no respite provider that truly can handle your child.
All moms are exhausted, but autism moms — or moms of any children with disabilities and health issues — learn to exist that way 24/7. If there’s extra time or energy, it will be used for an errand or another child, so the thought of pampering yourself is rare.
The Pamper Me Pantry is here to help make pampering an autism mom easy and affordable. Available quarterly, you can receive a box four times a year or just once. Each box is unique, so each autism mom will receive a set of unique items each time. All of the items are donated to the organizer of this program, the Autism Hope Alliance, so 100% of the proceeds benefit children with autism. With a minimum value of $125 per box, the $34.99 donation for a single box is well worth it! Order for yourself or for an autism mom you love, and know you’ll be helping the autism community while providing the mom with items to help her wellness journey and enjoyment of life…because all moms know that the last thing we often think of is ourselves, especially when our children are younger or they face challenges.
My son with autism is a teenager now, but I remember the days where I couldn’t get out of the house to get my nails done — ever. Getting my hair cut was a splurge of time, and even the most basic types of self-care went by the wayside. It wasn’t even a conscious thing, but there is only so much time in a day and it became natural. I remember when a friend would drop by with some of my favorite cookies (the Costco over-sugary things that are SO good, they are still my guilty pleasure), or I’d receive a surprise anonymous gift via Amazon of shampoo and conditioner that didn’t come from Target. If I wanted good vitamins or a fancy moisturizer, I had to get it shipped….and that’s if the budget allowed, because insurance doesn’t cover all the therapies that a child with autism needs.
If I could have received a Pamper Me Pantry subscription box back when I sometimes didn’t leave the house other than school, for weeks, it would have lifted my spirits so much. It also would have shown me some options I have to pamper myself or just take better care of myself. I received my first box last week, when I was on vacation, and I was so excited to open it! (You can see my Facebook Live unboxing video here!) Brands that have already been involved are Applegate, Enzymedica, ECOS/Earth Friendly Products and Bob’s Red Mill, and all brands have to be gluten- and dairy-free to be approved for inclusion.
My box was full of really cool products! Check out this list:
A few of the products are completely new to me — like the Know Better cookies and Beach Organics lip balm — and I’m familiar with a few, especially the Bob’s Red Mill organic oatmeal. There are also a few coupons and discount codes on cards, like 20% off on a Spanx item. (And who hasn’t actually at least considered one at one point? I bought one a while back for a specific dress and I love it!)
Finding food dyes that aren’t full of bad things can be tough, so I’m excited about the Color Garden Pure Natural Food Colors. None of the bad stuff and all of the color I need to make purple cupcakes I can feed everyone without guilt! I may or may not have hidden the microwave popcorn packets. Like I mention in my Facebook Live video, those make great snacks for when you have even just a few minutes of peace and quiet for yourself.
If you want to pamper an autism mom, check out the Pamper Me Pantry subscription box program. April is sold-out, but you can order one of the July shipments. (They are unavailable in Alaska, Puerto Rico and Hawaii.) It would make a great surprise for someone or you can order it yourself — the products aren’t just for autism moms, but any mom who needs a few minutes of pampering. You can order knowing you’ll be truly making a difference in the lives of multiple people: the box recipient and children in the autism community and their families.
Thank you, Pamper Me Pantry, for an easy way to pamper an autism mom. This box was full of fun items I may not have tried on my own, giving me ways to improve my health while taking better care of the family…all with the bonus of helping the autism community!