Sunday, February 19, 2017

"Weighted Hugs" Fundraiser

One of my friends has decided to adopt an orphan with special needs from China. The adoption will cost approximately $30,000.00 (not including the costs for the home study and post adoption meetings and reports). As the family begins walking this journey towards their child, we want to walk alongside them. So, for the entire month of March, every order placed with “Weighted Hugs” will have 100% of its profits placed into this family’s hands. So all money (minus the cost of materials) will go directly to this precious family to help with their adoption expenses. 

In addition, we have new fabrics to offer for our March Adoption Fundraiser:


"Red, White, Blue Tiedye"

"Dog Breeds"

"Game On"

"Dalmatians on Red"

To learn more about our weighted products, click HERE.

To order from our Facebook page, click HERE.

Or, to order, you can e-mail us at

Our adoption agency with children from China waiting for families: CCAI

Together, let's help an orphan come home!
God bless the orphans!

Sunday, February 12, 2017


Since the end of December, sickness has plagued our family. Everyone was sick at some point. Cherish and Andrew had strep.

On day eight of Cherish's antibiotic (amoxicillin), she broke out in hives. She was covered in hives and was immediately put on Benadryl every 6 hours until she could see the doctor. Then, her pediatrician put her on Zyrtec for 12 days.

The following night (January 30th), I noticed Sammy had swollen glands. Really swollen!

I called the pediatrician the next morning, and he was seen right away.

Since he has been constantly sick for as long as we have record, he was never vaccinated in Ch*na nor here. So, the doctor got a senior doctor to look at Sammy to ensure he did not have mumps.

Both agreed it was probably not mumps but instead was probably mono.

We were sent home to wait it out.

The doctor's office called us the next day, but since there was no change, we stayed home.

The following day, the doctor's office called again. Since Sammy's glands had hardened, we went back in. By the time we got there, Sammy's feet had begun to bruise and swell a bit, and he had developed a fever.

The doctor immediately sent us to the ER. By the time we got to the ER, Sammy had a rash of red dots that showed up on his toes.

While waiting to see the ER doctor, the swelling in his feet got worse, and the rash spread up to his ankles.

He was tested for strep and found to be positive--though he had been tested two days prior with a negative result.

Normally, the doctor said she would have sent him home with a prescription, but since he is always sick, she gave him an IV antibiotic and sent him home,

When we got home, Sammy's rash had spread up to his knees, and he could not walk.

The next day the doctor called us, asking why Sammy had not been admitted.

I had no idea.

So, the doctor's office of eight doctors took Sammy under their care. We were receiving daily calls and going in every day or every other day--so they could monitor him.

Sammy began swelling, and in three days had gained three pounds of weight from his swelling.

He was constantly sleeping or screaming in pain.

He could not walk unless his Motrin did not lapse.

One of his tests showed he had blood and protein in his urine, so we headed to Nemours to the infectious disease specialist.

The specialist diagnosed him with Henoch-Schonlein Purpura (HSP), which is a disease that affects the blood vessels in the body.

Many people had been praying for Sammy, and the disease did not attack his heart. We are so thankful!

His recovery has been remarkably quick, and we are hopeful it will not relapse in the next 4 weeks.

Next week he will have some blood work done to see what immune deficiency he may have that prevents him from getting and staying well.

In the meantime, we are enjoying seeing Sammy feel better. He has 3 more doses of his antibiotic, and we are hopeful he will come off it with ease.

Thanks for caring, Friends!! You bless us immensely!!

Friday, January 27, 2017

"Weighted Hugs"

My sister Jennifer Alvarado and I are launching our new business: "Weighted Hugs".

The following story is shared with my daughter's permission.

It all happened "by accident" when I tried out a weighted lap pad--that I had made--on my daughter Hope. She was struggling with sitting and concentrating during school. (She is home-schooled.) Her schooling was taking way too many hours, so I put a weighted pad on her lap as an experiment to see how she did with her classes.

Obviously, Hope didn't know about the experiment. She just knew I gave her a "comfy pillow" to hold on her lap. The school days were put to the test, without coercion from me for Hope to complete her school work.

During my five-day experiment, the days Hope did not use her weighted lap pad, she accomplished between  to  pages of work during her school hours.

On the days she used her weighted lap pad, she finished between 16 to 17 pages of school each day--with beautiful handwriting!!!

I was a believer! How I wish I had known about sensory processing issues and weighted pads earlier! School days would have gone A LOT smoother!

So, I began researching sensory processing difficulties, weighted products, and experimenting further.

Hope's weighted lap pad for school is simple with no distractions on it. Her lounging pad is portable and has sequences on it that she can "draw" and "write" on. She keeps her pads near her at most times and even sleeps with them most nights. She says: "They feel so good!"

Hope with her "thinking pads" (as she calls them):

With such great results, my sister and I began making weighted lap pads and weighted lounging pads for others to experiment with. Positive results were continually reported back to us.

For example, one result came from a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who does mental health therapy with her clients. She wrote: "I tried two [5-pound] pads with a sixth grader today who is 11.... The boy is autistic, bipolar, and suicidal with extreme anxiety. He has never sat through a session in the two to three years I have had him. He is constantly spinning in his chair, rocking, or moving around in some capacity. He's always rushing to be finished with the session and cannot focus for more than a few minutes. I tried the pads on him this afternoon, and he gave me 45 minutes of undivided attention, did not rush the session, and did not move from his chair or spin the chair the entire time. Praise God!" 

Another report came from a preschool teacher who wrote: "I find the blanket* to be soothing, enabling the child to calm down and be comforted. The weight acts as a warmth of a cuddle. My student kept it on for a while and thus was the stimulus for academics. Thank you for allowing me this luxury."
*Lounging pad

So, why weighted products?
"[D]eep pressure from weighted products can be beneficial in calming and modulating the brain's ability to filter the overwhelming stimuli from the senses. Pressure through the use of weighted materials has been effective in helping people achieve that 'just right' state of being calm and alert." (

We have seen the results first-hand, and therefore, we wanted to help other children, teens, and adults who are struggling with anxiety, restless leg syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing disorder, sleep issues (falling asleep and/or staying asleep), post-traumatic stress disorder, Asperger's Syndrome, ADD/ADHD, etc., or who simply need help concentrating.

Thus, we have decided to launch our line of "Weighted Hugs" in the form of weighted lap pads and weighted shoulder wraps.

Weighted Lap Pads
7-pound pads shown:

Sammy with a 2-pound "choo-choo train" lap pad:
Weighted lap pads range from 7½" x 18" to
11" x 20" depending on the weight.

Weighted Shoulder Wraps
-pound wraps shown:
Shoulder wraps are up to 36" long depending on the desired weight.

**We also sell matching sets.**

Available in soft, snugly fabrics which include


















Pricing for our weighted lap pads:
2 pounds = $24.00
3 pounds = $29.00
4 pounds = $34.00
5 pounds = $39.00
6 pounds = $44.00
7 pounds = $49.00

Pricing for our weighted shoulder wraps:
 pounds = $22.00
(suitable for younger children)
3 pounds = $29.00
(suitable for teens and adults)

E-mail us at for shipping prices.

Our weighted lap pads are hand-washable as we use clean, smooth pebbles for lots of texture for busy hands, and our weighted shoulder pads are machine washable on cold and dryer-friendly on delicate, since we use Polypropylene Pellets for softness around the neck and shoulders and to provide uniform density.

Each weighted lap pad and weighted shoulder wrap is made individually to order.

The best weight for therapeutic results is 10% of one's body weight--so that the weight is felt on one’s deep pressure points. However, since weighted lap pads that are too heavy are not very portable, our maximum weight is 7 pounds. However, the pads and wraps can be combined for greater weight.

If you would like to place an order or if you have additional questions, please contact us at Thank you!

Disclaimer: Jennifer and I are not professional Occupational Therapists. We are simply wanting to help others achieve the sense of able-ness and calmness that our children have experienced. These pads and wraps are not for infants or babies who may not be able to crawl out from under them. In addition, the shoulder wraps are not meant to be heated in the microwave.


For all those who have ordered weighted products: thank you for trusting us! We are now caught up on orders and wanted to let you know that we now accept credit cards. If you or someone you know needs weighted products, you can search for us on Facebook: Weighted Hugs

A sampling from this week...

2-pound weighted lap pad:

4-pound weighted lap pad:

4-pound weighted lap pad:

7-pound weighted lap pad:

7-pound weighted lap pad:

3-pound weighted shoulder wrap:

How the lap pads fit:

We truly hope and pray our customers find the help they need through these products. Help can, indeed, be "benign"--as our pediatrician calls our products. Here's to joy with no negative side-effect!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Daniel's head injury update

So, amongst the flu and strep throat we have been struggling to fight, Daniel had an appointment with his doctor. The doctor said that the way his head is healing is indicative that he did indeed fracture his skull. My little guy!  How sad!

However, we praise the LORD he did not have a more serious head and brain injury!

Daniel has already had so much radiation following the stroke/brain hemorrhage he endured as a baby, that the doctor at Crucial Care had not wanted him to undergo even one x-ray. We were just to "wait and see".

Daniel is healing, and we are so thankful that God's hand of protection was on his brain!

Thank You, Jesus!

My favorite picture of Daniel so far was from this summer:
God bless sweet boy!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Piano sidekick

If Cherish is practicing her piano lesson, her sidekick Sammy is always by her side.
Always with his arm around her. So, so precious!!